ED 1000 Shockwaves - For Patients
2.3 million Men in the UK are estimated to suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). 70% is as a result of medical conditions such as peripheral vascular disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and others where the blood flow is disrupted. This is known as vasculogenic ED and is due to medical causes rather than psychological reasons.
To date, there are a number of treatment options the most common of which are drugs such as Viagra (known as PDE5 inhibitors); vacuum pumps, injections and implants are also options. These treatments all treat the symptoms of ED.
Until now, there has been no curative method (ie, a way of treating which will naturally improve and increase blood flow).
Erectile Dysfunction Shockwave Therapy (EDSWT) is now available and is the only curative technique. It treats the root cause of the problem through the creation of new blood vessels.
EDSWT does not involve the use of any pharmaceuticals, and it causes no side effects or systemic load on other organs & healthy tissue. It is non-invasive and requires no sedation or anaesthesia.
How Does it Work?
The treatment uses pulsed sound waves which are applied to the treatment area using a machine called the ED 1000. This leads to the creation of new blood vessels which greatly increases blood flow. The treatment is painless and is done over a period of 9 weeks with each treatment taking about 20 minutes.
The treatment creates growth factors, and these lead to the growth of new blood vessels (known as angiogenesis, leading to neovascularisation).
Clinical data shows that 3 out of 4 patients with vasculogenic ED will benefit from the treatment. The treatment is relatively new and there is good data to support it with longer term data being generated all the time. In clinical trials, EDSWT has shown significant long term effectiveness after a one year follow up period. These results are confirmed by a double blinded placebo controlled study.
For patients currently being treated with medication (Viagra, etc), there are two distinct groups who can benefit:
- Those who respond to Viagra; after treatment with EDSWT about 50% of this group will no longer need medication, and a further 25% will only need it occasionally
- For chronic patients who do not respond to their medication, after EDSWT treatment 73% of this group will go on to respond to their medication.
For patients who are excluded from using pharmaceutical treatments (due to medical history or side effects), EDSWT offers an alternative and hope.
The treatment is painless and is performed on 5 different sites on the penile shaft and muscle attaching to the pelvis. Initially treatment is given twice a week for three weeks, then a break for three weeks, followed by further treatment twice a week for three weeks. This is done in an out patients setting.
An initial consultation would be done with a doctor prior to any treatment being undertaken.