Acoustic wave therapy has been used in Europe since 2012, with hundreds of medical institutions now offering this treatment. It is also becoming a popular alternative in the United States, with many medical institutions now using it to treat ED and men with Peyronie’s disease.
What is Peyronie’s Disease?
Peyronie’s disease is a condition in which plaque, or hard lumps, develop slowly under the skin on the side of the penis. This plaque (scar tissue) can cause pain and the shrinking of the penis.
Men with Peyronie’s Disease usually suffer from sexual dysfunction as it restricts normal blood flow to the penis and makes it difficult for men to get or maintain an erection. Because this plaque is not stretchable, it will start to curve the penis every time there is an erection, causing pain, and inability to have sexual intercourse.
This plaque also starts to pull on the penis, making it shrink in size, and causing humiliation, and embarrassment, that may devastate your marital, and sex life. There are two phases of Peyronie’s disease, an acute phase, and a chronic phase.
The exact cause of Peyronie’s disease remains unclear, though it may be caused by pelvic trauma or inflammation of the penis (due to a connective tissue disease). If you notice these symptoms, it is very imperative to come to see your physician for a physical exam, and early diagnosis and treatment.
Peyronie’s Disease is very common, up to 1% of men in the USA develop Peyronie’s disease. Of course to different extents.
More on this topic and the risks of dissolving the scar tissue with penile injections (such as Xiaflex) is on our Peyronie’s disease page.
What is acoustic wave therapy and how does it work?
Acoustic wave therapy is a non-invasive treatment for erectile dysfunction and Peyronies disease that uses high-energy sound waves to break down scar tissue in the penis, which can improve penile blood flow and restore function. It is considered to be one of the safest and most effective treatments available for Erectile Dysfunction and Peyronie’s Disease.
How effective is acoustic wave therapy compared to other treatments?
Clinical trial results have shown that acoustic wave therapy is more effective than mechanical devices, medications, or surgery at improving erectile function in men with ED and alleviating symptoms of Peyronies disease.
The study involved men suffering from mild to severe penile curvature, and found that acoustic wave therapy was able to successfully improve penile curvature in nearly 90% of them. It has also been shown to be safe with few side effects.
Studies have also shown that acoustic wave therapy promotes better erections and helps improve sexual function by enhancing libido, reducing prostate size, and improving ejaculation time. It also helps alleviate penile pain associated with Peyronies disease without resorting to surgery or other invasive methods.
The journal of sexual medicine published a study in 2016 that found acoustic wave therapy to be an effective and safe treatment for erectile dysfunction. This study, which involved men with mild to severe ED, showed that this treatment was able to achieve clinically meaningful results as it will markedly improve erectile dysfunction.
So what are the treatment options for Erectile dysfunction ED?
There are several different options available for treating ED, each with its advantages and drawbacks. Some common treatment options include lifestyle changes, medications, injections or suppositories, and surgery.
This can help improve blood flow to the penis and promote better sexual function. This may involve adopting heart-healthy habits, such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly.
Recent research shows that exercise is good for preventing or addressing erectile dysfunction. Even more strenuous, reactive exercise reduces the likelihood that erectile dysfunction can occur. Increased activities may reduce your risk.
Commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction and include PDE5 inhibitors like sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra). These medications can be effective at treating erectile dysfunction, but they do have some side effects such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, low blood pressure, falling, heart attacks, and strokes.
In addition, these medications may interact with other drugs or health conditions. So, it may not be the best option for you especially if you suffer from heart or kidney diseases.
Injections and suppositories
These methods involve injecting medication directly into the corpora cavernosa of the penis or inserting a suppository into the urethra, which causes blood vessels in the penis to dilate and improves the flowing of blood. However, injections and suppositories can be uncomfortable and may cause pain or bruising at the injection site. Especially if you need to inject yourself every time before having sex.
Another treatment option for erectile dysfunction ED. This involves surgically implanting a prosthetic device in the penis that helps improve blood flow. However, surgery carries risks such as infection, scarring, and tissue damage and can have negative effects on sexual function and satisfaction.
In other words, you will have an erect penis and may be able to satisfy your sex partner, but you will have minimal (if any) pleasure while having sex, and it will turn from enjoying passionate sex and love to doing chores.
Who can benefit from acoustic wave therapy?
Acoustic wave therapy may be a good option for men who have not responded to conventional treatments, those who cannot take prescription drugs for health issues (such as heart problems), or those who have had complications with penile prosthesis surgery (penile implants) or other invasive methods.
It is also a useful alternative for men who just wish to avoid the use of prescription medication, or penile injections (such as Tri-Mix).
How does it work?
The basic principle of acoustic wave therapy is the creation of micro-injuries to the penile plaque inside the penis. These micro-injuries will trigger a healing response from the local cells and stimulate fibroblast activity. This stimulates the growth of new tissue in the penis and results in increased collagen production, which breaks down existing scar tissue and allows for increased blood flow and improved erections.
This can help improve erections in men with ED, as well as reduce symptoms of Peyronie’s disease like pain and penile curvature. Unlike other treatments for ED or Peyronies disease, Acoustic Wave Therapy does not require the use of drugs or invasive procedures.
This makes it a safe and effective treatment option for men looking to improve their sexual health and performance. Not only it improves erections but also improves sensitivity, making orgasms much stronger and more enjoyable.
How long does it take for results to be seen after treatment with acoustic wave therapy?
Improvements in erectile function are typically seen as early as 3 weeks following treatment, although some men may notice improvements after just a few days. Improvement in penile curvature and pain associated with Peyronies disease is generally seen within 4-6 months.
How effective is it?
Acoustic wave therapy is very effective at improving ED and treating the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease. Studies have shown that it is effective in up to 80% of men, which is more than conventional treatments like medications, mechanical devices, or surgery at alleviating ED and improving blood flow in the penis.
It also helps reduce pain associated with Peyronies disease without requiring invasive procedures or drugs. While there are some minor side effects associated with acoustic wave therapy, these are generally mild and typically resolve quickly on their own.
Overall, acoustic wave therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for men looking to improve their sexual health and performance.
What are the potential side effects of acoustic wave therapy?
Acoustic wave therapy is considered to be a safe treatment with minimal side effects. The most common side effects include bruising, swelling, redness, and pain at the application site. These symptoms typically subside within a few days to weeks following treatment. There are also rare reports of priapism (persistent erection) after acoustic wave therapy.
How is Acoustic wave therapy done?
Acoustic wave therapy is a non-invasive and painless treatment that involves using a device to administer low-intensity sound waves directly to the penis. This is done by placing the device onto the skin of the penis.
There are typically multiple application sites on the penis, so each area is treated for a few minutes at a time. Acoustic wave therapy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, and patients can go on with their daily activities (including having sex) immediately after treatment.
The entire treatment session usually lasts about 20-30 minutes. You are given some numbing cream to be applied at home 15-20 minutes before coming in for the treatment. (It’s not required but makes the treatment more comfortable). You will also receive a medical-grade vacuum erection device, to keep stretch and enlarge your penis at home between your weekly sessions.
Is acoustic wave therapy covered by insurance?
Acoustic Wave Therapy is not covered by insurance and will require self-pay. However, we have several financing options that will help you reach your goals. It will be at a discounted rate if combined with our other ED/Peyronie’s Disease treatments as the P-shot, P-Shot-100, and BocoxTM.
Can acoustic wave therapy be used in combination with other therapies?
Yes, acoustic wave therapy can be safely used in combination with other treatments for ED or Peyronie’s disease such as the P-shot, Pshot-100, BocoxTM, medications like sildenafil or tadalafil or mechanical devices like pumps or cylinders. It may also be used in conjunction with other procedures for Peyronies disease such as a penile implant or surgical correction.
For best results, we love combining Acoustic wave therapy with oral or IV supplementation of Arginine/Citrulline (amino acids responsible for Nitic oxide production – that works by increasing blood flow), and the use of a vacuum erection device.
Acoustic wave therapy is an effective and safe treatment option for men with erectile dysfunction or Peyronies disease. It works by stimulating the healing response in the penis, resulting in improved blood flow and reduced symptoms of ED or Peyronies disease.
As it does not require the use of drugs or invasive procedures, acoustic wave therapy is a safe and effective option for men looking to improve their sexual health and performance.
If you are suffering from symptoms of ED or Peyronies disease, schedule your consultation with Dr. Ibrahim to talk about whether acoustic wave therapy may be right for you.