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Shockwave Therapy for ED (Erectile Dysfunction)

Erectile Dysfunction Specialists Los Angeles, CA. 
shockwave therapy for ed

Shockwave Therapy services offered in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

New observational studies for Shockwave Therapy for ED (Erectile Dysfunction) are being offered by Dr. Kia Michel at Comprehensive Urology in Beverly Hills, CA. Find out why so many male patients are finding hope of regaining their former sex life. Couples often come to receive sexual rejuvenation treatments together. While men receive Shockwave Therapy to optimize their penile performance, their partner receives ThermiVa Vaginal Rejuvenation to improve orgasms, reduce infections and tighten the tissue. Inquire about our couples packages today.

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Kia Michel, MD

Kia Michel, MD

Written by Dr. Kia Michel, a board certified urologist, surgeon, and founding member of Comprehensive Urology in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Dr. Michel's expertise includes focal therapy (HIFU/TULSA), prostate cancer treatment, robotic surgery, and male enhancement treatments such as Shockwave Therapy for ED and penile injections.

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What is Erectile Dysfunction?

There’s no reason to feel shame around ED. While difficult to talk about, it is common for men to encounter some form of impotence at some point in their lives, and the likelihood of experiencing symptoms rises with age and deteriorating health. Fortunately, there are many potential treatments that are both safe and effective. Find out more about our new observational study combining Botox Penile Injections with Shockwave Therapy.

What are the Causes of ED?

The penis is a vascular organ—that means it requires optimal blood flow in order to create and maintain an erection. Since all of our blood vessels are connected throughout the body, your overall cardiovascular health is a major factor in determining what is causing ED. A licensed urologist will conduct an exam, including blood work and scans, to see if there are localized reasons for decreased blood flow.

ED Treatment research is ongoing, and it’s possible that the nerve endings in the penis can also play a factor in having an erection.

Mental stress can interrupt the mood for sex. Chronic stress and anxiety prompt the brain to release stress hormones such as cortisol, which may play a role in becoming ready for sex. Being in a relaxed mental state is necessary for any pleasurable experience, including sexual intercourse, so finding ways to relieve the pressure in your life can help.

As men grow older, various health-related problems, including diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and prostate issues, may start to manifest. These conditions can all impact blood flow, meaning they may also impact a man’s ability to achieve an erection.

What are the Symptoms of ED?

Most the most common, or main symptom of ED is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection during sexual activity. Related symptoms include a reduced sexual desire or libidodifficulty achieving orgasm, and premature ejaculation.

Men with ED may also experience feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. These secondary symptoms may also increase the difficulty of getting or keeping an erection during masturbation or sexual activity with a partner.

It is important to note that occasional difficulties with achieving an erection are common. The occasional difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection may not necessarily indicate ED. If it occurs regularly, and/or begins to negatively impact self-esteem or your relationship, it’s a good idea to check in with your doctor.

What are the Diseases that can Contribute to ED?

Any conditions or diseases that impact blood flow, the flow of semen, or are related to large amounts of mental stress, can cause or worsen ED. These conditions include:

  • Diabetes

  • Peyronie’s disease

  • Prostate cancer

  • Low Testosterone

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

  • Obesity

  • High cholesterol

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Alcoholism and drug abuse

  • Sleep disorders

  • Kidney disease

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

  • Hormonal imbalances (thyroid disorders)

  • Depression and anxiety disorders.

Of these, diabetes and heart disease are the most common. ED is closely linked with diabetes since an excess amount of sugar in the blood can damage nerves and blood vessels, which play a vital role in achieving an erection. This high sugar concentration decreases nerve activity, leading to poor signaling and less activation of nerves responsible for blood supply and erection size.

In men with heart disease and high cholesterol, the buildup of fat and calcification hardens the arteries, restricting blood flow. This leads to a variety of issues, such as difficulty achieving an erection, difficulty experiencing pleasurable orgasms, decreased sensitivity, longer refractory periods, and softer, flaccid erections.

What Other Factors Can Contribute to ED?

Age is a major factor in the development of erectile dysfunction. The incidence of ED begins to rise at age 40. The percentage of men experiencing ED increases with each decade of age into their 80’s and 90’s. Other factors include:

  • Medications that affect blood flow

  • Emotional stress, anxiety disorders, and clinical depression

  • Traumatic experiences in the past

  • Overeating and weight gain

  • Limited physical activity or immobility

  • Diabetes

  • Cigarette smoking

  • Substance abuse or addiction to alcohol and drugs

How Shockwave Therapy Can Help Men with Erectile Dysfunction?

Shockwave Therapy, also known as Pulsewave Therapy, is the latest ED treatment. It uses pulsed low-intensity radio waves to stimulate vascular tissue to increase blood flow. Blood is the healing element of the body, so increasing blood flow to the penis helps to rebuild the vascular tissue. Shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction can also stimulate nerve endings, making the penis more sensitive to physical contact during sexual intercourse–which, in turn, helps with achieving and maintaining the erection.

Are there Clinical Trials for Shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Kia Michel at Comprehensive Urology in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles is the principal investigator of new studies using shockwave treatment to treat erectile dysfunction in combination with two forms of injections. Two current studies include:

Clinical Study for The PRP – Shockwave Therapy Treatment

This option is a three-week combination of Shockwave Therapy with a series of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections to maximize blood flow and repair of the vascular tissue. Initial results have been outstanding for those looking for relief from vasculogenic erectile dysfunction.

Clinical Study for Botox Penile Injection – Shockwave Therapy Treatment

Believe it or not, the same Botox that is used to restore the youthful appearance in people’s faces has also been shown to rejuvenate the sexual health of your penis. This study involves administering a combination of two injections of Botox with a series of shockwave therapy treatment.

Clinical Study for Shockwave Therapy for BPH

Shockwave therapy stimulates blood flow to the treated body part. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia symptoms include prostatitis where the blood cannot flow through the inflamed prostate. Dr. Kia Michel is studying shockwave therapy treatment for BPH to see if it increases the blood flow inside the prostate of patients. 

Why Should Patients Consider Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy offers various advantages that are not commonly found in other ED treatments. These benefits include:

  • Faster, harder erections
  • Extended sexual performance

  • Rise in unassisted (spontaneous) erections

  • Increased sensitivity in the penis and higher quality of orgasms

Shockwave therapy is also less invasive than some alternative treatments, such as surgery and implantations, meaning less downtime and less risk of complications.

What are the Side Effects of Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction?

The vast majority of patients don’t report adverse effects from shockwave therapy and are cleared to have same-day sex after treatment. A small number of patients experience mild sensitivity or bruising in the treated areas for a day or so. Some mild pain may occur, but typically resolves in just a few days. Rarely, some men notice blood in the urine. To minimize the risk of side effects, it’s always best to follow your physician’s after-treatment orders.

Can Low Intensity Shockwave Therapy be used for other conditions?

Other conditions that have seen positive results from low-intensity shockwave therapy include:

  • Peyronie’s disease (curved penis disease)

  • BPH (Benign Prostate Hyperplasia)

  • Prostatitis (inflammation or the prostate)

  • Pelvic Pain

Peyronie’s disease causes scar tissue to form under the skin of the penis, causing it to bend or curve during an erection. This may cause pain or difficulty having sex. Low-intensity shockwave therapy (LiSWT) is a non-invasive treatment that uses low-intensity shockwaves to break up the scar tissue and promote the growth of new blood vessels in the penis. This can reduce curvature and pain, and can also improve overall sexual function.

Prostatitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the prostate gland, which can lead to painful urination, difficulty emptying the bladder, and discomfort in the pelvic area. Shockwave therapy can be used to treat prostatitis. By targeting the affected area with low-intensity shockwaves, Shockwave Therapy can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

During shockwave therapy for prostatitis, a wand-like device is placed against the skin of the perineum, which is the area between the scrotum and the anus. The device then delivers low-intensity shockwave therapy to the prostate gland and surrounding tissues. These shockwaves can help to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation. This, in turn, can lead to a reduction in symptoms such as pain and discomfort, as well as improved urinary function. Low-intensity shockwave therapy may be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as antibiotics, to help manage the symptoms of prostatitis.

You can start to take back control today when you schedule your appointment. During your initial consultation, we will begin working on a plan for diagnosis and treatment. Every step of the way, we provide you with complete information. Call us today to learn more about erectile dysfunction treatment & shockwave therapy for ed.

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What is the average cost of shockwave therapy for ED?

Shockwave therapy for ED treatments cost between $500-$600 out-of-pocket per treatment. Your initial evaluation by board certified urologist for the initial consultation is often covered by insurance which includes coverage of blood work and a penile Doppler ultrasound. Shockwave therapy for ED treatment regimes start with 5-6 sessions given over a 3 month period with 1-2 annual treatments to maintain results.  

 

Comprehensive Urology in Los Angeles has a shockwave therapy for ED package that provides 6 shockwave treatments, medications, nitric oxide, boosting agents and a vacuum erectile device for a total of $3000.

Does insurance cover shockwave therapy for ED?

Most insurance plans will pay for your first visit to a urologist to see if pulse wave therapy could potentially help your ED which includes a physical exam, blood work, and a penile Doppler ultrasound to check the penile veins. The follow-up treatments for the shock wave therapy for ED treatments are out-of-pocket. Be sure to go to a board certified urologist for the initial consult or else the insurance company may not pay for the consultation and evaluation.  

What is the success rate of shockwave therapy for ED?

80% of erectile dysfunction patients respond favorably to shockwave therapy for ED after an initial series of 5-6 treatments over a 3 month period.  

 

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