ED 1000 Shockwaves - For Clinicians
Erectile Dysfunction Shockwave Therapy (EDSWT) is the only curative technique currently available for ED. It treats the root cause of the problem through the creation of new blood vessels.
An ED 1000 device is used to generate the shockwaves which are administered through an applicator. This works in a very different way to other shockwave generators in that it creates angiogenesis, rather than the anti-inflammatory effect that orthopaedic machines would have. The results of this treatment are backed up by a number of international studies from around the world.
How Does it Work?
EDSWT is the uses pulsed high pressure, high energy sound waves to create effects that lead to angiogenesis & neovasculisation. This improves blood flow and allows natural responses.
There are many studies detailing the biological effects of these types of shockwaves
The protocol is to treat 5 sites; 3 on the penile shaft and 2 on the crus. Treatment is given twice weekly for three weeks, followed by a three week break, and then given again twice weekly for a further three weeks.
Patients can start to feel effects at between the 6th and 8th treatment session.
There are a number of different studies all of which demonstrate the effectiveness of the treatment. Links are available to view summary information.
Vardi et al, 6 month follow up study of pilot study -(European Urology – August 2010)
This looked at the outcomes on patients who responded to PDE-5 inhibitors. It found that 50% would go on to no longer need to use PDE-5 inhibitors, and 25% would only need to use them occasionally.
Results were maintained at 1 year.
The Effects of Low Intensity Shock Waves on ED Patients who do not Respond to PDE-5 Inhibitors (International Journal of Sexual Medicine 2011)
This study looked at the effects of EDSWT on chronic patients who do not respond to PDE-5 inhibitors. The study found that 72.4% went on to respond to the drug after treatment & there was a significant improvement in penile haemodynamics.
Double Blinded Placebo Controlled Study in Ed Patients Responding to Oral Medication - (Journal of Urology – May 2012)
In this study, 60 patients who were all responding to ED therapy were randomly divided into control and shockwave groups. The mean IIEF-EF score in the shockwave group increased by 6.7 points whereas the sham group increased by 3.0 points.
In the sub groups of sexual desire and overall satisfaction, the treated men also had significantly improved mean scores.