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Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Erectile dysfunction | 0 comments

In a nutshell

The study was a meta-analysis (a review of all available research) on the effectiveness of shockwave therapy (SWT) for erectile dysfunction (ED – difficulty maintaining and achieving an erection). The studies suggested that SWT may be an effective way to treat ED.

Some background

Erectile dysfunction is a common problem among men of all ages. Shockwave therapy involves delivering a low-power acoustic shockwave to the penis. This may improve blood flow and symptoms of ED. It is important to research the effectiveness of SWT.

Methods & findings

637 patients across 9 studies were included. Studies included patients who received SWT for ED. Patients reported changes in erection hardness and function through questionnaires.

Studies that delivered more number of shocks showed more of an increase in erectile function compared to studies with less shocks. Shorter time studies (less than 6 weeks) also had better effectiveness for ED. Erectile hardness was improved 1 month after treatment and lasted for 3 months in ED patients.

The bottom line

The study concluded that SWT is an effective treatment for ED.

The fine print

Longer studies may be needed to better understand the safety and effectiveness of SWT.

What’s next?

Talk to your doctor about SWT for ED.

Published By :

Urology

Date :

Sep 26, 2017

Original Title :

Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

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