For couples suffering from erectile dysfunction, FocusedWave therapy is a game-changer. It is a non-invasive procedure that uses low-intensity acoustic (sound) waves generated by the Shockwave device to improve blood flow in the penis, which is essential for erections, as well as facilitate the growth of new blood vessels.
As a non-invasive medical treatment, FocusedWave therapy has been used for many years, mainly for kidney stones and orthopedic injuries. It has recently been adopted by urology authorities like Dr. Terry to treat erectile dysfunction. The medical term for this treatment is low-intensity shockwave therapy (LiSWT).
FocusedWave therapy is typically recommended for patients who are just noticing initial symptoms of erectile dysfunction OR who are not responding to their Cialis/Viagra like they used to.
The goal of FocusedWave therapy for ED is to restore blood flow to the penis. During the treatment, a small wand-like device is moved around areas of your penis. The device emits gentle, targeted acoustic waves to stimulate penile tissue, which, in turn, improves blood flow in the penis.
The procedure lasts about 15 minutes, is performed in an exam room, and does not require anesthesia. You do not need to prepare anything in advance for your appointment. Once treatment is complete, you’ll be able to return home. Since there are no side effects to the treatment, you should be able to immediately resume your normal activities.
Most people who get FocusedWave therapy for ED will see benefits within one to three months. The initial results (within the first several weeks) can be dramatic. There is still not enough long-term research and data to say how long the treatment might last, whether the effects of the treatment could wear off, or whether you will need additional treatment later.
Blood vessels play a critical role in erection, with arteries and veins carry blood to and from the penis.
During an erection, the arteries expand to increase blood flow to the penis. The blood fills two tubes of spongy tissue in the penis (corpus cavernosa). This causes them to swell, making the penis larger and stiff, so it angles out from the body. The veins narrow, which traps the blood and maintains the erection.
After the man ejaculates or is no longer sexually aroused, the veins expand and the trapped blood flows back to the body. The penis returns to its normal size and becomes soft (flaccid).
To organically tread ED, blood flow must be restored to the penis.
Nutrient blood flow is necessary to start and maintain the repair processes of damaged tissue structure. The application of acoustic waves creates capillary micro-ruptures in tendon and bone. These micro-ruptures cause growth factors such as eNOS, VEGF, PCNS and BMP to significantly increase.
As a result of these processes, arterioles (the smallest branch of the artery) are remodeled, stimulated to grow and new ones are formed. The new blood vessels improve blood supply and oxygenation of the treated area and support faster healing of both the tendon and the bone.
Biological Mechanism of Musculoskeletal Shockwaves
FocusedWave therapy works best for men who have mild erectile dysfunction who are not responding well to medication or aren’t interested in taking medication, and those who are interested in trying regenerative therapy to reverse some of the causes of ED.