An article in Translational Urology and Andrology (2020:9:1559-65) evaluated the effectiveness of Low Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (LI-ESWT) in improving Sexual Function (SF) after men had undergone a radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. The intervention group underwent Low Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (LI-ESWT) as opposed to the control group.
Sexual Function was investigated using the Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite. They found that Sexual Function was significantly better in the Men treated with Shock Wave Therapy when compared to the non-treated men.
They also staggered the starting points of Shock Wave Therapy; early treatment group, delayed treatment group, and the no treatment group. After 12 months, Sexual Function scores were 28.0 in the early treatment group, 21.3 in the delayed treatment group, and 9.5 in the no treatment group.
“Thus, this very small study suggests a benefit of LI-ESWT for men who have undergone radical prostatectomy.”