Shock wave therapy and Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Struggling with ED? Want a stronger erection?  Advanced Technology uses Shock Wave Therapy to help men struggling with ED and give men stronger erections.

What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough during sexual intercourse.  ED risks increase with age and an estimated 50% of men ages 40-70 will experience some form of ED.  ED can have side effects negatively impacting your sex life and can cause an increased risk of stress and low self-esteem.

What causes ED?

Men are sexually aroused through a process that involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. ED happens when one or several of these areas is affected.  Some common causes of ED:

  • Clogged Blood Vessels
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Certain Prescription Medications
  • Alcoholism
  • Sleep Disorders

It is important to note that an occasional loss of an erection is nothing to worry about. In some aging men, erections may take longer to develop and might not be as strong.  If loss of erections is consistently occurring, you should see a doctor to discuss treatment options. Identifying the cause of ED can help your doctor decide on the best treatment option.

How to get a Stronger Erection?

Men with ED seeking a stronger erection have many treatment options like pills or penile implants.  However, these options only treat the symptoms and do not address the cause of ED.  Today, a new technology called low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy, or more commonly known as shock wave therapy, is used to treat ED.

What is Shock Wave Therapy for ED?

Shock wave therapy is a painless procedure that breaks up plaque formation in the blood vessels in the penis and helps stimulate growth of new blood vessels. This break up of plaque and new blood vessels, increases blood flow to the penis and can help improve sexual function.

How is Shock Wave Therapy Performed?

Shock Wave Therapy is a simple and painless procedure. An instrument is used by a medical professional, and mechanical impulses are applied to the penis. The shock wave pressure is focused on particular areas of the penis. The procedure lasts about 20 minutes. Immediately following the procedure, patients can return to normal daily activities. For optimal results, patients are recommended to have 2 treatments a week for 3 weeks, totaling 6 treatments.

Am I a Candidate for Shock Wave Therapy for Stronger Erections?

Shock Wave Therapy can be especially effective for diabetic men with arteriogenic impotence, which is the formation of fatty acids in the arteries. These fatty acids can impact blood flow to the penis, and shock wave therapy can help reduce or eliminate this condition.  Men struggling with ED and have not had success with treatments from Viagra® or Cialis®, would be a potential candidate for Shock Wave Therapy. Men with a lack of penile arteries can also see improvements from Shock Wave Therapy due to the promotion of new blood vessel growth.

Research has shown that men with penile implants and anticoagulant therapy are not good candidates for shock wave therapy. It is important to discuss medical history with your doctor before proceeding with Shock Wave Therapy for ED.

How successful is Shock Wave Therapy for ED?

Many studies have shown the effectiveness of Shock Wave Therapy for ED by helping with stronger erections and improvement to sensitivity. In 2017, a study published in Urology evaluated data from 9 different studies that included a total of 637 patients. It concluded that Shock Wave Therapy significantly improved International Index of Erectile Function and the Erection Hardness Score.

Is Shock Wave Therapy for ED Covered by Insurance?

Currently, Shock Wave Therapy for ED is not covered by insurance. It is important to contact your insurance provider for further questions.

What is the Cost of Shock Wave Therapy for ED?

North Dallas Urology Associates offers the Shock Wave Therapy treatment for ED. It is recommended to do a minimum of 6 treatments for optimal results. Please call North Dallas Urology Associates for pricing.

Please contact the North Dallas Urology Associates for more information on Shock Wave Therapy for erectile dysfunction. To schedule an appointment at our Plano location call 972.612.8037.  To schedule an appointment at our McKinney location, call 972.548.8195.