There is a new treatment thought to offer a permanent cure for impotence, but at what cost? The expensive procedure (£1,500) of shock therapy for erectile dysfunction was pioneered in Israel, and recently the Spire Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland is the first in the UK to test this treatment. Spreading across the globe, this low-intensity shock wave therapy is the first procedure believed to provide a permanent cure to the most common causes of impotence.
This electric shock therapy is thought to provide a permanent cause for impotence because it sends shock waves through the penis that stimulate the growth of new blood vessels. The treatment has been used in the past to treat other conditions such as kidney stones, joint inflammation, and improving blood flow in the heart. According to urological surgeon Roland Donat, “It doesn’t cause any pain and, amazingly, there aren’t any known side- effects at this point in time.”
This revolutionary shock therapy, named ED1000, provides hope to men with impotence due to poor blood flow, diabetes, and even men who do not respond to drugs such as Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis, which only treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
As for the effectiveness of this shock wave therapy for impotence, doctors have promising results for up to two years after treatment was received. However, although the procedure worked for the majority of patients, the shock therapy did not work for everyone.
In October 2011 a study was published by Ilan Gruenwald MD, Boaz Appel MD, and Yoram Vardi MD, which tested the effectiveness of Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy on erectile dysfunction patients. 29 men of an average age of 61 with erectile dysfunction that were unresponsive to medication, were the subjects of this study. Treatment involved multiple sessions throughout nine weeks treatment period, consisting of 300 shocks over a period of three minutes on five different points along the shaft of the penis.
Results showed that sexual function increased an average of 10 points on the scaling system (International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF)), with 8 of the 29 participants achieving normal sexual function. This holds promise for the effectiveness of shock therapy as a permanent cure for men with erectile dysfunction, but larger studies will need to be analyzed before coming to a conclusion on the safety and effectiveness of c.
• Mild erectile dysfunction = 22 – 25
• Mild to moderate erectile dysfunction = 17 – 21
• Moderate erectile dysfunction = 11 – 16
• Severe erectile dysfunction = 6 – 10.