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.
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 a higher number of shocks showed more of an improvement in erectile function compared to studies with fewer shocks. Shorter 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.
Talk to your doctor about SWT for ED.
Published By :
Sep 26, 2017
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