Linear shock wave therapy in the treatment of erectile dysfunction

Actas Urol Esp. 2015 Sep;39(7):456-9. doi: 10.1016/j.acuro.2014.09.010. Epub 2015 Feb 24.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Introduction: Linear Shock Wave Therapy (LSWT) is a new noninvasive therapy that uses low-intensity shock waves to induce local angiogenesis promising modality in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED).

Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of LSWT in men with vasculogenic erectile dysfunction (ED), in a Tertiary Care Center.

Material and methods: Included 15 men aged 45-70 years, sexually active with mild and moderate vascular ED evaluated with the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF). The study was conducted in three stage: screening, treatment and results. Treatment stage: 4 weekly sessions LSWT (RENOVA ®) 5000 waves (.09mJ/mm(2)). Erectile function was assessed with IIEFF-EF, SEP (Sexual Encounter Profile) and GAQ (Global Assessment Questions) at one and six months after treatment.

Results: The rate of success was 80% (12/15). Patients with mild ED (6/15) 40% and moderate ED (9/15) 60%. We found a positive association between IIEF-Basal (average 14.23 pts) and IIEF at one month and six months after therapy (19.69 pts) a difference of 5.46 pts. (P<.013).

Conclusions: The feasibility and tolerability of this treatment, and rehabilitation potential features, make it this an attractive new treatment option for patients with ED.

Keywords: Disfunción eréctil; Disfunción eréctil vasculogénica; Erectile dysfunction; Linear shock wave; Linear shock wave therapy; Ondas de Choque Lineal; Terapia de Ondas de Choque Lineal; Vasculogenic erectile dysfunction.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Impotence, Vasculogenic / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ultrasonic Therapy*