Acoustic wave therapy is a medical treatment that has been around for many years. It is often used as a non-invasive treatment option for kidney stones and orthopedic injuries. Recently, urologists have begun using this therapy to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).

Peak Male Institute offers acoustic wave therapy as an option for patients suffering from ED. Acoustic wave therapy is typically recommended for patients who do not respond well to medication or do not want more invasive treatments.

Acoustic wave therapy for ED is still considered an experimental treatment option. There is some data to support its efficacy, but research is ongoing to determine how well it works long-term and whether it can replace or be offered along with other proven ED treatments.

WHAT IS ACOUSTIC WAVE THERAPY?

The clinical term for this treatment used by urologists is low-intensity acoustic wave therapy. During the treatment, a small wand-like device uses targeted sound waves to stimulate penile tissue and encourage blood flow, which can also speed up the healing process. Low-intensity shockwaves have also been shown to grow new blood vessels and improve blood flow in the penis, which is essential for erections.

Acoustic wave therapy

  • Data shows it can stimulate blood flow and potentially help grow new blood vessels.
  • A licensed medical professional with professional training is required to administer this treatment.
  • It is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treating erectile dysfunction.

Radial wave therapy

  • There is no data to support claims that it can help with erectile dysfunction.
  • It is not regulated by the FDA because it is a Class I medical device.
  • No medical license or professional training is required to administer this treatment.

How low-intensity acoustic wave therapy boosts blood flow

Erections require a sufficient blood supply, and anything that limits blood flow to the penis — such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes — can lead to ED.

With acoustic wave therapy, a physician uses a wand-like device to deliver mild shockwaves to the penis. Studies have found that the treatment is associated with a growth of new blood vessels and (in animal studies) recruitment of stem cells to the penis.

In a recent meta-analysis of 10 randomized controlled trials involving a total of nearly 900 men with vasculogenic ED, researchers reported that, compared with sham treatment, acoustic wave therapy resulted in significant improvements in measures of erectile function and penile blood flow.

What type of results can you expect from acoustic wave therapy?

For men with vasculogenic ED, we administer acoustic wave therapy once a week for six weeks, although the ideal treatment protocol has yet to be determined. Each treatment session lasts about 15 minutes. No anesthesia is necessary, and for upwards of 95% of patients, the procedure is painless.

Who is a good candidate for acoustic wave therapy?

Generally, men with mild to moderate vasculogenic ED who have had some response to PDE5 inhibitors are ideal candidates for acoustic wave therapy. Other men, such as those with nerve damage due to pelvic cancer surgery and those with ED resulting from psychological causes, typically don’t respond to the treatment.

Although acoustic wave therapy has a long track record in medicine, its use for treating ED in the United States is relatively new. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved it specifically for ED, and guidelines from the American Urological Association note that acoustic wave therapy shouldn’t be offered outside of a clinical trial — a position with which our team disagrees.

Furthermore, for ED, insurance coverage of acoustic wave therapy is lacking. In some practices, the treatments can cost thousands of dollars.

For the right patient who’s counseled the right way, it’s a low- to zero-risk treatment that may have surprisingly good effects. If it doesn’t break the bank for you to have this therapy, it’s certainly worth considering.

Enjoy results that last

Amplified blood flow

Achieve stronger and longer erections.

Reduced refractory time

Experience more orgasms in less time.

Repaired sensitivity

Encounter heightened sensation during climax.

Enhanced rigidity

Achieve thicker and fuller appearance.