It has now been a little over six months since we began offering Shock Wave Therapy (also referred to as Pressure Wave Therapy or LI-ESWT) for erectile dysfunction at Maze, with almost 50 patients having undergone or completed treatment with us so far.
One of the first questions patients tend to ask is, “when will it work?” From our experience, the earliest patients have felt results is during the third week of the nine-week treatment process, and the latest patient have felt results in the two months following the final treatment.
This question is always partnered with “how has it worked for others so far?” Of the first 20 patients to complete treatment with us, 85% have responded positively to treatment. Although there are still several patients from the next 20-30 that have not completed treatment, a similar trend is developing. An important comparison to make is that about 30% of men will have no response to medications like Viagara and Cialis (PDE-5 Inhibitors). Of the 70% that do respond, some of them will have a poor response, and some of them will have mild or even significant side effects.
The distinctions to be made, are that our patients have had no side effects from shockwave therapy, 15% more have responded to treatment compared to the average person’s response to PDE-5 Inhibitors, and these results persist after treatment. This isn’t to suggest that shockwave therapy is a replacement for these other medications, although for some it is, but that it has a high success rate, no side effects, and has persisting benefits after completing treatment.
The question is, is this treatment right for you? The lack of side effects and the benefits of success surely make it a treatment worth trying. For many, it’s also an opportunity to feel back in control of their erections, as the results aren’t from medications in your system; it’s from your body’s development of new blood vessels that restores erectile function. It can be a chance to move down or even off of expensive medications, and to delay or negate the need for a penile prosthetic device.