The procedure takes 10-15 minutes. Much like an ultra- sound procedure, the treatment area will be covered with gel to ensure good shock- wave transmission. After coupling the therapy head to your body your therapist will deliver a diagnosis- specific number of pulses. The energy can be applied at your personal comfort level. For erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s, the penis is treated. For CPPS, the perineum (area between the testicles and rectum) is treated. The treatment should be painless, but if any slight discomfort is felt, the therapist can reduce the energy level to eliminate the discomfort.
If the erectile dysfunction is caused by poor arterial blood flow (the most common cause in older men) SWT has been proven to increase penile blood flow, improve erections and improve sexual symptoms compared with sham control therapy. Overall this improvement in blood flow is sufficient to allow over 60% of men to have intercourse unaided and the effect has been shown to last for at least a year. Therapy if given once a week for 5-6 weeks.
Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome
While the cause of CPPS is unknown and may be different in different men, studies have shown significant improvement in pain and urinary symptoms following SWT therapy once a week for 4 weeks. In studies, 60-70% of men had significant improvement in symptoms which was durable for at least a year.
Painful Peyronie’s Plaque
SWT has been shown to improve bloodflow, decrease pain and lessen the degree of penile curvature in some men.