In the quest for erectile dysfunction procedures in addition to impotence and prostate cancer cures, shockwave therapy treatment for treating erectile dysfunction is starting to look very promising.
However, is there a difference between erectile dysfunction or impotence? There seems to be some general confusion when it comes to the terms “erectile dysfunction” and “impotence.” It’s commonly thought that these are two different issues and that impotence is the more severe of the two.
This is not true. At the end of the day, the two terms stand for exactly the same thing: the loss of the erection. Using one term or the other does not denote the level of severity of the issue. It simply boils down to preference.
Impotence used to be the de facto term for erectile loss, but as an understanding of the issue grew, erectile dysfunction came to be the more commonly used term. The term “impotence” is simply a slightly outdated term that gets thrown around from time to time.
So the issues with your erection are not broken into “erectile dysfunction” or “impotence;” it’s both. The term doesn’t matter. What matters is figuring out what the cause of your erectile dysfunction/impotence is and working to overcome it.
Shockwave Therapy for Treating ED
So in the quest for erectile dysfunction treatment in addition to impotence and prostate cancer cures, one new treatment for ED is starting to look very promising.
In renal treatment centers and even hospitals, a common kidney stone treatment procedure may actually help improve erectile dysfunction (ED) — though the treatment is not yet 100% approved in the United States.
The renal treatment known as shockwave therapy has been used since the 1980s to treat renal conditions such as kidney stones, Dr. Kevin Campbell, a physician with The Urology Group in Cincinnati, told Fox News. For the procedure, a machine generates a pressure wave strong enough to break or fragment a kidney stone, he explained.
A modified, low-intensity version of shockwave therapy has also been shown, in some trials, to help with Erectile Dysfunction disorder — but doctors aren’t entirely sure how it works yet.
They have some ideas: Campbell explained that, during a normal erection, the penis fills with blood. However, illnesses like diabetes or other blood vessel diseases can often lead to a buildup of scar tissue that decreases blood supply to the area. Nevertheless, shockwave therapy may help increase the flow of blood to the penis, possibly by promoting the growth of stem cells, which can proliferate into different types of cells such as blood vessels, Campbell said.
“It’s certainly promising,” Campbell said of the treatment but noted that before he would suggest it to patients, he would want answers to a number of questions — including how shockwave therapy works and the best way to administer the shocks of pressure. (So far, there’s no consensus on how many treatments should be administered, how high the intensity level of the shocks should be, and the exact placement required for the shocks.)
One crucial, but potential benefit of shockwave therapy? Unlike oral medications such as Viagra, Campbell explained, shockwave therapy could actually treat the cause of the problem — not just its symptoms.
If eventually approved, the treatment could help the 30 million American men the National Institutes of Health estimates suffer from ED. Now, that’s something to get excited about.