ESWT- What is Extraporeal Shock Wave Therapy in Erectile dysfunction?

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ESWT or using tools that produces low intensity-extracorporeal shock wave and applying it to target area.

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy on Erectile Dysfunction

What is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy and Areas it is used?


In urology, with “Low intensity-extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy” waves the aim could be the kidney, ureter stones, in ‘erectile dysfunction’ to penis, Peyronie’s disease, chronic anti-bacterial prostatitis.

In Erectile Dysfunction to Whom is ESWT Applied to? What are the effects?

To get an erection in the penis there should be enough veins, hormones and nerves and penis tissues should be sturdy.

Erection occures after having a stimulation and a flow of blood is trapped in penis.

If not enough blood is flowed through penis, there would be no erection. The growth factors like VEGF, EGF, ILGF helps with creating new veins which provides penis with more blood.

Also, it increases vasodilators like nitric oxide which increases erection. Therefore, extracorporeal shock wave therapy is used for the treatments about erectile dysfunctions caused by vascular problems.

How Long Does ESWT Application Take?

Depending on the device, it is applied twice a week and each session takes about 15 minutes and 3000 shots. It is applied 3 weeks which takes 6 sessions in total.

How is ESWT treatment applied? Is it painful?

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is applied by taking whole penis inside of the cavernous body from both sides, which helps erection. It might have a small amount of pain which would not be unbearable. It is easy to tolerate.

Are There Any Complications of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy?

There is no recorded harm of this application. There might be sensitivity on penis which would not cause serious issues.

What is the Success Rate of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy?

ESWT treatment has benefits to erectile dysfunctions caused by vasculer problems according to both experimental and clinic studies.

ESWT takes part in both Europe and USA as erectile dysfunction treatment.

Prof. Dr. Abdullah ArmağanUrology Specialist

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