For certain types of surgical procedures, erectile dysfunction is a fairly common side effect. For example, traumatic pelvic injuries and pelvic fractures often affect the corpora cavernosa. The damaged penile arteries and nerves will subsequently inhibit sexual performance. ED is also a common side effect of prostate cancer surgery and radiation therapy.
Since the advent of oral PDE-5 inhibitors such as Vardenafil (Viagra), Sildenafil (Levitra), and Tadalafil (Cialis), oral therapy has become the first-line treatment option for ED, whatever the causes of ED in men. Surgical methods to resolve ED problems include penile implant surgery, bilateral nerve-sparing surgery, and unilateral nerve-sparing surgery.
Acoustic wave therapy for ED, while a relatively new treatment, is quickly gaining popularity, and is proving to be one of the most effective ED treatments currently available. Companies like Shockwave and GAINSwave have introduced an acoustic wave therapy for ED that induces what is known as neo vascularization and nerve regeneration. Over time, damaged blood vessels and nerves can be renewed or replaced in the course of therapy. Healthy tissue growth is stimulated, blood flow is increased, resulting in greater sensitivity and performance. Acoustic wave therapy for ED represents an important alternative to Viagra and other potency drugs, with more than short term results. A typical Shockwave therapy program includes 6 treatments, one every other day for two weeks, or twice a week for three weeks.
ED specialists have found that patients receiving Shockwave treatment experience longer lasting erections and improved sexual function, with some reporting that the effect of the treatment can last up to two years.
If you are experiencing ED after surgical treatment, such as traumatic pelvic injuries, pelvic fractures, or ED after prostate cancer, consult an erectile dysfunction specialist and learn about the available ED treatment options.