For many years, research has continued to shed light on the problem that many men fear they may be experiencing. The Mayo Clinic estimates that somewhere between 15 and 30 million men suffer from erectile dysfunction. This condition affects a man’s ability to get or maintain an erection. While the spotlight on erectile dysfunction has intensified and widened to include the development of drugs like Viagra, more needs to be done to address the situation that diminishes a man’s sense of himself. That “more” may be GAINSWave acoustic wave therapy.
We are proud to offer GAINSWave at Minimally Invasive Vascular Center in Laurel. Since it emerged as an FDA-cleared technology, this treatment has been changing the lives of men all over the country. Here, we outline what you need to know about GAINSWave and what it may do for you or someone you love.
The Swiss-made GAINSWave medical device has been a recent development in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in the United States. However, this technology is not new. It has been widely used in Europe for several years. Additionally, acoustic wave therapies have long been used to treat ischemic heart disease, pain, and kidney conditions. The way that acoustic wave therapy works for erectile dysfunction is by focusing waves under one millimeter in size into penile tissue. The waves stimulate neovascularization, the regeneration of new blood cells. They also wake up stem cells and their numerous growth factors to better support penile tissue. As a result, men who undergo treatment like GAINSWave experience stronger, longer-lasting erections.
GAINSWave treatment is non-invasive. There are no incisions, no injections, and there is no pain. The patient undresses from the waist down and is given a sheet or gown to cover, although the penis does need to be exposed for treatment. To begin, the provider applies lubricant much like is done for ultrasound imaging. A small applicator is then moved in a circular motion along the shaft of the penis. The process takes about 15 minutes. Men should expect circulation to the penis to increase during treatment, which could result in an erection. This is a normal effect of the acoustic waves.
GAINSWave may be relatively new in the U.S., but the European Association of Urology has named it the gold-standard ED treatment since 2013. A study that appeared in the Journal of Urology concluded that low-intensity acoustic waves are effective even in more severe cases of erectile dysfunction. Some men notice improvements after their very first session, while others need a few treatments to experience significant results.