There are several types of treatments available to men with Erectile Dysfunction (ED), including pills, vacuum erection devices, and penile injections. However, these therapies are typically conducted on an “as-needed” basis and may work for only one sexual encounter at a time. They can be cumbersome and also have varying side effects. Shock & Acoustic Wave Therapy is different, as it targets the erectile mechanism so that men are more likely to have erections on their own.
The first step of Shock & Acoustic Wave Therapy is to consult with the doctor to determine if the treatment is right for you. To administer Shock & Acoustic Wave Therapy, the doctor applies a probe to the penis which is coated in a special gel, and energy from acoustic waves is used to trigger neovascularization or new blood vessel formation, improving blood flow to the region. Therapy usually consists of 6 treatment sessions scheduled either twice a week for 3 weeks or once a week for 6 weeks. Overall, 5 locations are treated encompassing the entire shaft of the penis and the perineal area. Once each treatment is concluded, the patient can resume normal activities without downtime.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a therapy that involves the injection of a person’s own growth factors to stimulate tissue healing. Both PRP and Shockwave & Acoustic Therapy work by similar means, but Therapy takes the process back one step and stimulates platelet activation as opposed to extracting platelets from one’s blood and injecting them directly where the cellular repair is needed
PRP is also often used in conjunction with Shockwave & Acoustic Therapy in patients who may benefit from both as they have a known additive effect. Ask us if you are a candidate for PRP as well as Shockwave & Acoustic Therapy.
Shockwave & Acoustic Therapy is an in-office procedure that usually takes under 30 minutes. There is no recovery period or major restrictions and all patients may resume their usual activities soon after on the same day.
Though the treatment does not require any special after care, for men looking to achieve optimal results, we strongly encourage the use of a Vacuum Erection Device (VED) in the weeks following LiST. This is usually done twice daily. It requires only a few minutes of your time and without it, success rates are usually lower. We will walk you through it the first time.
You may resume sexual activity about 4 hours after procedure on the same day.
Only minor potential side effects may occur. These include minor bleeding or bruising, swelling, and very rarely infection. You MUST notify the doctor if you are taking Aspirin, Coumadin, Xarelto, Plavix or any other blood thinners as these must be held prior to treatment.