Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)
What is Extracorporeal shockwave therapy?
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a therapy in which short pulses of focussed shock waves with a very low intensity are directed at the penis to improve erectile function. It consists of several sessions, and it can be repeated if necessary.
ESWT is being researched as a new treatment option for ED. It is not a standard treatment option. Specific ESWT devices are necessary to treat ED. Discuss with your doctor if ESWT is the right treatment for you and if it is available in your hospital.
Shockwave therapy is also used to treat kidney stones and conditions like arthritis. In these cases the intensity of the shockwaves is higher.
When should I consider ESWT?
If you have mild ED and you cannot or do not want to take PDE5Is, your doctor may recommend ESWT. Keep in mind that ESWT is currently no standard option for the treatment of ED.
How does it work?
ESWT causes minor damage to penile tissue. During the healing process new blood vessels are formed, which increase the blood flow to the penis. This may result in improved ability to get and maintain an erection.