Studies show more than half of all American men experience erectile dysfunction (ED) at some point in their lives. Now, a new treatment using shockwave therapy is helping patients get back in the game.
He never played for the NBA, but this Michael Jordan also loves basketball, although depression had him sitting on the sidelines.
“It affects everything, everything,” he says. “My sex life, my personal life, my work life.”
Michael says antidepressants have helped, but the drugs took a toll on his sex life.
“It affects the libido as much as it affects performance,” he says.
Experts say erectile dysfunction can affect men of all ages.
“We know from the data that 40 percent of 40 year olds have an issue—some form of erectile dysfunction,” says Richard Gaines, founder and chief medical officer of GAINSWave.
Doctor Richard Gaines wanted to give men experiencing ED a treatment option. So, he started GAINSWave therapy using shock waves.
“Shock waves are ubiquitous,” Gaines says. “They’re faster than the speed of sound, and they have an effect on human tissue.”
Doctor Gaines says studies show using shock waves or sound waves causes blood vessels to dilate and increases blood flow.
“When these sound waves hit the surface of a blood vessel, the endothelial cells respond, making new blood vessels and repairing themselves in a process called angiogenesis,” Gaines says.
The treatment takes about 15 minutes and some patients have reported an immediate response. After numbing cream was applied, Michael says it didn’t hurt at all.
“There was zero pain,” he says.
And he noticed a difference after just two treatments.
“It’s brings me back to like being 20 again or something,” he says.
Giving Michael back his confidence on and off the court.
Doctor Gaines recommends two treatments a week for three weeks. GAINSWave therapy is not covered by insurance and can cost between $3,000 and $5,000 for the series of six treatments. Studies are showing the effects can last up to two years. Doctor Gaines has a minority interest in GAINSWave, and helped develop the protocol for patient treatment.
TOPIC: ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION THERAPY
REPORT: MB #4372
BACKGROUND: Erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Having trouble with an erection from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, however, if it is an ongoing issue it can cause stress, affect self-confidence, and contribute to relationship problems. Problems getting or keeping an erection can also be underlying signs of other health conditions that may need treatment, as well as a risk factor for heart disease. Symptoms may include persistent trouble getting an erection, keeping an erection, and even reduced sexual desire. A family doctor is a good place to start if you’re having concerns about your erections, or experiencing other problems such as premature or delayed ejaculation. If you have diabetes, heart disease or another condition that may be linked to ED, or you experience other symptoms alongside the ones for ED.
TREATMENT: Treatment for ED varies based on the root cause. Patients may be asked to change certain habits, such as stopping drug use, alcohol, or tobacco. Doctors may recommend they seek treatment for emotional or relationship problems/conflicts, depression and performance anxiety. A patient may also be asked to change the way they take other medications. Another option is testosterone replacement therapy for those whose blood tests reveal low testosterone levels. Dietary supplements are popular for ED but they may not be safe so be sure to check with your health care provider before taking any. Other treatments include vacuum erection devices, oral drugs, drugs in the penis, or surgery.
NEW TECHNOLOGY: Strong blood flow is essential to good erectile function, so a new procedure called the GAINSWave uses pulsating acoustic shockwaves to stimulate the growth of blood vessels in the penis. This increases the blood flow and improves sexual function. Additionally, it stimulates the growth of new nerve tissue in the penis, which enhances sensitivity and may also increase the size of the penis. The procedure is non-invasive and referred to as “extracorporeal shockwave therapy.” Compared to other supplements, GAINSWave is drug-free and surgery-free, has little or no known side effects, is a simple in-office procedure, with each treatment taking 20-30 minutes, and provides long lasting results with little or no downtime.