Catch the Wave

Noninvasive therapy reverses erectile dysfunction.

Edward* vividly remembers June 19, 2018. It was his 67th birthday and the day he finally admitted he wasn’t as vibrant as he used to be, most notably in the bedroom. More and more often, Edward had trouble developing and maintaining an erection suitable for sexual activity, a condition known as erectile dysfunction, or ED.

“It was frustrating, and I felt bad for my wife,” Edward shares. “She was understanding and patient, but I knew I had to see someone about my condition. I went to my family doctor. He recommended a urologist, who prescribed a medication.”

Edward first tried correcting the problem by taking the ED drug CIALIS®. “The CIALIS worked okay for a while,” Edward says, but he didn’t like the headaches that often came as a result of using it. Edward soon began looking for a viable alternative for ED treatment and found one in an unlikely place.

“I was in my dentist’s office when I picked up a copy of Florida Health Care News,” Edward relates. “I read an article about a treatment that offers significant improvement in ED symptoms without pills or surgery. I was immediately intrigued.”

The treatment Edward read about is GAINSWave® therapy, and it’s provided by Robert C. Lupo, DC, at Physical Medicine Center in Tampa. After his dentist appointment was over, Edward called Dr. Lupo and made an appointment with him to learn more about GAINSWave.

“ED is essentially a circulatory problem caused by an impediment in blood flow to the chambers that fill the penis with blood when stimulated,” Dr. Lupo explains. “For years, physicians have treated ED with medications such as VIAGRA® and CIALIS, penile injections or penile implants. But now, there’s a nonsurgical, drug-free treatment that corrects the underlying cause of ED through the use of acoustic waves. That treatment is GAINSWave therapy.”

Referred to clinically as low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy, or LiESWT, GAINSWave uses a small, handheld device to deliver acoustic waves through a series of short, painless pulsations that not only open clogged blood vessels in the penis but also stimulate the nerve endings to enhance sensitivity and enhance the feeling of orgasm.

“The treatment is based on the same technology that’s used to break up kidney stones,” Dr. Lupo informs. “The device transmits acoustic waves that break up the plaque and calcium that have built up inside the blood vessels in the penis.

“Once that plaque and calcium are broken up, you get better blood flow, and it’s that improved blood flow that leads to better, longer-lasting erections.”

Along with providing better blood flow through existing blood vessels, the GAINSWave treatment also stimulates the growth of new nerve tissue, which is vital for achieving and maintaining healthy erections.

In addition, GAINSWave causes the growth of new blood vessels to occur over a three- to four-month time period. This differs from the temporary blood flow from sexual enhancement drugs. New blood vessel growth leads to larger girth and firmer erections that are totally natural.

Dr. Lupo points out that GAINSWave treatments can also be used to treat Peyronie’s disease, which is what occurs when scar tissue builds up in the penis and causes an abnormal bend, or curvature, to the penis that can impede urination and/or ejaculation.

“By making certain adjustments to the machine’s settings, we can treat the fibrous tissue the same way we treat blood vessels and break down the scar tissue that may be causing that irregular shape,” Dr. Lupo educates.

Suffering in Silence

Far more common than many realize, ED will derail the sex lives of more than half of all men at some point in their lifetime. It currently stands as the sexual problem most often reported by men to their doctors.

“ED is a problem that occurs progressively as men age,” Dr. Lupo reports. “But it is even more common in men suffering from hypertension and peripheral vascular and cardiovascular disease, in men who smoke or used to smoke and as a result of prescription or illicit drug use.”

Many different causes may underlie the diagnosis of ED, Dr. Lupo points out. The primary cause of erectile dysfunction – the one that affects 80 to 90 percent of all sufferers – is vascular disease.

The second most common cause is a hormone imbalance such as low testosterone or excessive estrogen levels. In a fair number of patients, both – if not more – factors can be the culprit. All factors must be addressed for best results.

“Unfortunately, most men have a hard time talking about this problem and frequently suffer in silence or, at most, discuss it with their primary care physician,” Dr. Lupo notes. “But most primary care physicians do not have the time and the state-of-the-art know-how to fully evaluate and treat the patient to achieve optimal results.

“As a result, most men are given a prescription for pills such as VIAGRA without so much as a discussion or explanation of how to take the pill correctly.”

Dr. Lupo, who is a certified provider of GAINSWave therapy, emphasizes that although many treatments may be effective, only few actually reverse the underlying cause as opposed to covering up the cause like a BAND-AID®, as is the case with pills.

Remarkable Results

GAINSWave treatments take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete. A full course of therapy is generally a total of six sessions twice a week over the course of three weeks. Some patients may need more sessions.

“For younger men, one course of six sessions is generally sufficient,” Dr. Lupo assures. “But a man in his seventies, eighties or nineties with certain health issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes may need more.

“For those patients as well as anyone who has been a heavy smoker, it may take anywhere from twelve to even thirty treatments before they see a result. But it does work. More than seventy percent of men who have GAINSWave therapy respond to it.

“Another thing to keep in mind is that results do not happen right away. It may take more than one course of treatment, but most men notice a significant change in their status after a full course of six sessions.”

The effects of the GAINSWave therapy are long-lasting. Once they begin to realize a result, most patients will continue to enjoy those results for one to two years, though some clinics recommend a refresher treatment every three to six months.

“Completely Gone”

Edward was eager to correct his ED issue, so he visited Physical Medicine Center and received a series of six GAINSWave treatments.

“GAINSWave therapy was just the kind of thing I was looking for because I wanted something that was noninvasive, and I didn’t want to have to take any kind of medication that might bring about a bunch of side effects,” Edward reports.

GAINSWave treatments are performed right in the Physical Medicine Center. There is no downtime afterward, and Edward says his treatment regimen provided him with the boost in sexual performance he wanted.

“The results are truly remarkable,” Edward raves. “I actually began to notice a change after two or three treatments, but I completed the whole course, and now, six months later, the issue is completely gone.”

ED patients receiving GAINSWave therapy at Physical Medicine Center sometimes seek booster treatments after a couple of years. Edward says he won’t hesitate to get such a booster should he need it, in part because of how well he was treated by Dr. Lupo and his staff.

“First off, they do a great job of explaining how the treatment works,” Edward states. “And they don’t make you feel awkward at all. They actually make you feel very comfortable. And the results speak for themselves.

“If you’re looking for better sexual performance and a boost in sexual confidence, this treatment is a no-brainer. And I recommend getting it from Dr. Lupo and his staff at Physical Medicine Center because they really are as
professional as they come.”

*Patient’s name changed at his request
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