Shockwave Therapy for Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction in NYC

by Alex Shteynshlyuger MD

If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation or if you need a second opinion, please contact us or call 1-(646) 663-5211.

Shockwave Therapy for ED is the Latest Innovation in Treatment of Impotence in Men

Shockwave for Erectile DysfunctionShockwave therapy for the treatment of erectile dysfunction is a relatively new application of shockwave therapy.

Studies have found that shockwave therapy can induce improvement in vascular function of the blood vessels that supply blood to the penis.

Shockwave therapy has a good record of treating many medical conditions including kidney stones and tendinitis,  with a good safety record.

Because erectile dysfunction is most commonly caused by vascular disease or abnormal function of the arteries and arterioles that bring blood to the penis, penile shockwave therapy can be an effective treatment option for men with vascular erectile dysfunction.  In particular men with high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity often have vascular ED and can benefit.

What is the Safety Record of Shockwave Therapy for  Treating Men Who Have Problems with Erections?

Shockwave treatment of erectile dysfunction has a good safety record.  It has been used worldwide for a few years now and thousands of men have been treated successfully for erectile dysfunction with shockwave.  All treatments are associated with some risks.  Relative to other treatment options, it appears that shockwave for ED is relatively safe with few long-term side effects.  It has fewer side effects than medications or other treatment options for ED.

How Does Shockwave Therapy for ED Work?

Shock Wave therapy induces changes in the blood vessels to make them more responsive to sexual stimulation.  The response of the blood vessel to hormones and nerve stimulation becomes more normal.  This leads to improved blood flow to the penis. The result is that men are able to obtain erections more normally.  Some men are able to get better erections without medications, other men are able to get better erections with the same or lower dose of medications.

How Do I Get Started with Shockwave therapy for ED?

New York Urology Specialists has the most effective shockwave therapy program, proven to work in randomized controlled studies.   Schedule an appointment with our board-certified urologists to see if shockwave therapy for ED is a good option for you or call 1-(646) 663-5211.

What is the Treatment Schedule for Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction?  Do I Have to be Treated Continuously?

With shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction, there is no need for lifelong treatment.  Often 1 course of treatment spaced over a 3 month period will lead to long-term improvement in erectile function.  Periodic maintenance retreatment as part of maintenance therapy may be beneficial.

How Effective is Shockwave Therapy for Treatment of Impotence?

For many men, shockwave treatment for impotence is as effective as medical treatment with medications such as Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis, Levitra (vardenafil), and Stendra.  Many men treated with shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction find that they no longer need medications (Viagra, Cialis, Stendra, Levitra, etc) to obtain and maintain an adequate erection.  Other men find that they can get a better erection with medications after treatment with shockwave therapy then they could get with medications alone.

It is important to understand that not every man is a candidate for shockwave therapy and not every man will benefit from it.

How Does Penile Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction Compare to Medications such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, Stendra?

For many men, shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction can be as effective or more effective than medications typically used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Unlike medications, with shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction there is no need to time sexual activity to medication use and sex can be more natural and spontaneous.

It is important to know that shockwave therapy works only for men who have an underlying vascular disease.  For men who have erection problems as a result of nervous system dysfunction (anxiety, depression, multiple sclerosis), shockwave therapy will not work.

What are the Common Side Effects of Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction?

Common side effects of shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction are pain in the penis and penile hematoma.  Rarely, it has reported that veno-occlusive vascular insufficiency is induced by shockwave therapy.

For men who are not candidates for shockwave treatment or if shockwave therapy does not provide adequate improvement, other treatments for ED are available.

Does Shockwave Therapy Work for Everyone?

While shockwave therapy for ED can help many men get better erections, it is not for everyone.  A thorough evaluation is necessary to determine the causes of ED and to decide on treatment options which may include shockwave therapy for ED.

Shockwave therapy is likely to work for men with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.  It is less likely to be appropriate for younger healthy men.

Shockwave therapy for ED works best for men who have mild to moderate ED, which usually means that oral medications such as sildenafil (Viagra), Cialis, Levitra and Stendra work well or at least help somewhat.   For these men, as many as 70% can stop taking oral medications.

Treatments with shockwave therapy such as Storz, Renova, and Medispec are less likely to work if erectile dysfunction is severe and oral medications do not work at all.  For men for whom oral medications such as Viagra do not work, the success rate of treatments such as Storz, Renova and Medispec shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction is 30-50%.

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Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a board-certified urologist, who specializes in all aspects of care for sexual problems in men including ED, premature ejaculation and other sexual concerns.  He has successfully treated hundreds of men with sexual problems including ED and poor libido. We see patients from all parts of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island), Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey as well as other parts in the USA, Canada, South America and the Caribbean and other international patients. We also offer emergency care for men with urological problems.

If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation or if you need a second opinion, please contact us or call 1-(646) 663-5211.


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