The piezo shockwave opens up new possibilities
So far, the therapeutic options available have not been very convincing. If attempts at treatment with medication, including injections, were unsuccessful, the only option was a costly and sometimes complicated surgical treatment.
With the introduction of shockwave therapy, we now have a treatment modality at our fingertips that can be used as an alternative to previous treatments.
Initial studies have shown that ESWT achieves a significant reduction in pain after only a few treatments and can prevent a progression of the disease. Furthermore, anecdotal experiences of users has shown that a straightening of a few degrees can be achieved.
Calcifications are often found in the so-called plaques, which are treated directly with ESWT (Fig. 1). Painful inflammatory processes and the progression of the disease can be stopped and the regeneration of the erectile tissue can be initiated.