Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common sexual disorder. Men affected by ED have consistent trouble with achieving and maintaining an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse despite being sexually stimulated. The condition can have physical or psychological causes. One of the major causes of ED is restricted blood flow to the penis – the amount of blood in the cavernous bodies may then not be enough to cause an erection. This type of ED is called vascular erectile dysfunction.
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy has been used for the treatment of vascular erectile dysfunction since 2010. During treatment, low-intensity shock waves are applied to different areas of the penis. This stimulates the creation of new blood vessels in the cavernous bodies and improves blood flow in the penis (and the ability to achieve an erection).
The simple and painless treatment is performed by a specialist. Many patients report a noticeable improvement of their ability to achieve an erection within a few weeks.