In a recent article by Dr Castiglione it was pointed out that there has been an increase in problems related to male sexual potency. Today we are bombarded with various messages/ advertisements, for example: Shockwave for erectile dysfunction in London. In this article we evaluate Shockwave therapy with Dr Castiglione of Holistic Andrology.
Shockwave for erectile dysfunction in London, Dr Castiglione speaks! Here’s what you need to know!
Who is Dr. Castiglione and what is Holistic Andrology?
Dr. Fabio Castiglione is both an Andrologist and Urologist. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery and subsequently completed his training in Urology at the Vita Salute San Raffaele University in Milan. He holds a PhD in stem cells and erectile dysfunction from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). He is a member of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine (FECSM), of the European Urology Board (FEBU) and member of the scientific committee of the Andrological Guidelines of the International Sexual Medicine Society (ISSM), of the European Society of Urology (UAE) and of the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM). Dr. Castiglione also holds the qualifications as Full Professor in Urology in Italy and Consult Urologist at the King’s College Hospital in London.
Dr. Castiglione is the author of over 90 publications in international journals and is the creator of P-Shocks® www.p-shotlondon.com, the most advanced treatment for Peyronie’s disease and erectile dysfunction, for which he was
awarded as the best expert in sexual medicine and Andrology in Europe by the European Society for Sexual Medicine and from the international Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM)
Let ‘s talk about Shockwave:
Shockwave therapy is not a new treatment, it has been used for many years as a non-invasive option to treat: kidney stones and orthopedic injuries. However, for some years now, urologists have begun to notice encouraging results from the application of shock wave therapy in erectile dysfunction.
Does it work or not?
Seeing the market response, yes, the offer of shockwave for the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction is quite constant. This is because the results obtained are at least promising! Certainly not empirical data but supported by the approval of the European Association of Urology. The latest studies support its effectiveness but research is always ongoing to determine if it works well in the long term and if it can replace or be offered alongside other proven treatments for erectile dysfunction.
What does shock wave therapy consist of?
The clinical term for this treatment used by urologists is low intensity shock wave therapy (LiSWT). It is a non-invasive therapy used for years in orthopedics where it has helped several people heal broken bones, ligaments and injured tendons. Regarding the treatment of erectile dysfunction, we can say that erections are based on healthy blood flow to the penile tissue. Shockwave therapy is favorably seen as a way to repair and strengthen blood vessels in the penis and improve blood flow. Low-intensity shock waves have been shown to grow new blood vessels and improve blood flow in the penis, which is essential for an erection.
Why do shock waves work?
Scientific research is full of recent medical studies testing the mechanisms of action of shock waves to understand how they can improve erectile dysfunction in patients. Studies continue to ascertain the value of these waves and in the meantime, those who use them benefit from them without any side effects! Objectively, given
the objective, the request to try this therapy seems obvious. Why do they work scientifically? Shockwaves are so effective because they all seem to converge on the effect of angiogenesis! Erectile dysfunction (ED) can have many root causes, however in 90% of men with erectile dysfunction it is an indication of an underlying medical problem, most commonly cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Disorders like these often restrict blood flow to the penis, which is what drugs like sildenafil (Viagra) and tadalafil (Cialis) try to correct.
Viagra vs Shockwaves
A first big difference is that not everyone can take Viagra! There are people who cannot take these drugs due to obvious contraindications to the diseases present such as: hypertension, previous heart attack, liver problems, Peyronie’s disease, etc. Furthermore, the use of such drugs does not cure the root cause and in many cases it could worsen the underlying condition. Pressure waves generated by targeted shock wave therapy devices improve blood flow by dissolving plaque buildup in the penis and promoting the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis), helping to treat the root cause and providing lasting effects in 75% of patients.
Attention! Shockwave or radial wave therapy?
It is important to distinguish shock wave therapy from radial wave therapy, which is commonly advertised as a non-invasive treatment for erectile dysfunction available in medical and non-medical settings. Here are some key differences:
- The 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 has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
Radial wave therapy:
- There is no data to support the claim that it can help with erectile dysfunction.
- It is not regulated because it is a Class I medical device.
- No medical license or professional training is required to administer this treatment.
Am I a good candidate for Shockwave?
Mild erectile dysfunction sufferers are good candidates, especially if they are young because they can get the best results. This procedure works better for men with mild erectile dysfunction than they do:
- Respond appropriately to medications.
- They are interested in taking drugs.
Another great good tip is to switch to a healthier diet, get exercise, put addictions aside, get regular medical checkups, and incorporate shockwave therapy into your routine. In addition to being curative, it helps prevent ED and achieve better sexual performance in men of any age. A great reason to maintain and preserve healthy and satisfying sex.
How is a treatment carried out?
This procedure is performed in a studio, does not require anesthesia, and there is no need to prepare in advance for the appointment:
- During the treatment, the urologist will move a device, similar to an ultrasound handpiece, around different areas of the penis.
- The device emits gentle pulses that trigger increased blood flow. The whole treatment takes about 15-20 minutes.
- Once the treatment is finished, the person concerned can go home without particular restrictions.
If you have pain, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, for pain relief. Most people can return to normal activity the day after shock wave therapy. In any case, the urologist will discuss whether and how to moderate certain activities, depending on the patient.
Possible side effects
Some side effects may occur, but they are rare and generally mild. These can include:
- Mild pain at the site during the procedure.
- Bruising on and around the penis in patients taking blood thinners.
Clinical trials have generally shown shockwave therapy to be effective and safe, but more research is needed to identify potential risks and best treatment protocols for some patients with erectile dysfunction.
How long does it take to see results?
Most people who receive shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction will often see benefits within one to three months. Initial results (within the first few weeks) can be very relevant. There is not yet enough research and long-term data to say how long the treatment might last, whether the effects of the treatment might wear off, or whether additional treatment will be needed at a later time. However, most people who have undergone this therapy have had a substantial benefit!
We hope we have been helpful and if you need the service: Shockwave for erectile dysfunction in London; the Holistic Andrology urology clinic and Dr Castiglione are always at the forefront to improve the quality of life of all people suffering from impotence. If you are interested and would like more information, do not hesitate to contact us. Contact HolisticAndrology clinic in London (tel. +44 (0) 7830398165) to book an andrological consultation with dr. Fabio Castiglione.