Catch the Wave

Noninvasive ED treatment improves sexual performance.

The first thing Tom* did upon returning to the United States following his 14-month tour of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War was kiss his high school sweetheart. Later that same day, he went out and married her. Tom sought out the folks at Alpha Medical Group for help with his ED issue and found the results he was looking for through the ESWT .

“I actually proposed in a letter I sent from overseas about six months before I came home,” the former US Marine Corps sergeant reveals. “She said yes in her next letter back to me, and we later decided we’d get married as soon as I got back, first thing.”

Natives of Central Florida, Tom and his wife have “been going strong,” as Tom puts it, ever since. They now have three grown children, a granddaughter, and a grandson on the way. There’s just one problem.

For the better part of the year that followed his 69th birthday last August, Tom had trouble developing and maintaining an erection strong enough to have sexual intercourse. The issue is known as erectile dysfunction, or ED, and it’s more common than many think.

Studies show that more than half of all men will experience some form of erectile dysfunction during their lifetime and that the chances of dysfunction are even greater among men suffering from hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Studies show that smoking, heavy consumption of alcohol and drugs (either illicit or prescription) can also cause erectile dysfunction, which is typically the result of circulatory impairment in the blood capillaries or urogenital areas of the penis.

For years, medications such as VIAGRA® and CIALIS® have been the first line of defense against ED. If those prove unsuccessful, the next treatment option is generally injections into the penis. If that fails, the last resort has long been a penile implant.

Tom wanted nothing to do with the injections or implants, so after visiting a urologist, he first tried correcting the problem by taking CIALIS. “The CIALIS worked okay for a while,” Tom says, but he didn’t like the headaches that often came as a result of using it.

On the advice of his urologist, Tom considered trying another medication, but he soon took it upon himself to begin researching the problem and other forms of treatment. That’s when he stumbled on the Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy or ESWT.

“I was searching the internet and finally found this website for a place that didn’t treat erectile dysfunction with pills or injections,” Tom says. “I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give them a try, so I called and made an appointment.”

Acoustic Wave Technology

The practice Tom found is Alpha Medical Group. With offices in Palm Coast, Leesburg and Jacksonville, it specializes in the administration of the ESWT, which treats erectile dysfunction through the use of acoustical wave therapy.

Using a small, handheld device, the acoustical waves are delivered through a series of short, painless pulsations that not only open the blood vessels in the penis but stimulate the nerve endings to enhance sensitivity and enhance the feeling of an orgasm.

“The treatment is based on the same technology that’s used to break up gallstones,” says Scott Hollington, MD, at Alpha Medical Group. “The device transmits acoustical waves that break up the plaque and calcium that have built up inside the penis’ blood vessels.

“It works like a little jackhammer, except you don’t feel it because it doesn’t touch your skin. Once that plaque and calcium is broken up, you get better blood flow, and it’s that improved blood flow that leads to better, longer-lasting erections.”

In addition to providing better blood flow through existing blood vessels, the ESWT also stimulates the growth of new nerve tissue, which is vital for achieving and maintaining healthy erections.

Dr. Hollington points out that it 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. Hollington informs.

ESWT treatments only take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete, but prior to providing any such treatment, Dr. Hollington begins his care for patients such as Tom by doing a Doppler ultrasound exam to determine the amount of vascular compromise in the penis.

“We look for something similar to what a cardiologist looks for in the heart, which is an occlusion of seventy percent or more,” Dr. Hollington informs. “If we see that, we go ahead with the treatment, and we re-evaluate the blood vessels after completion of the treatment.”

Remarkable Results

ESWT calls for patients to receive two treatments per week for six weeks. Patients are then evaluated 12 weeks later and if necessary, they can be given a second, third or even fourth round of treatments.

Dr. Hollington says many patients opt for subsequent rounds of treatment, though most experience an improvement in sexual function after just one round. Overall, 83-percent of all men treated with the ESWT experience a reversal of their condition, the doctor notes.

Tom is one of those who reported positive results after just one round of treatments. He says he may opt to have another round of ESWT treatments but that right now, his performance is more than satisfactory.

“I just turned seventy a couple months ago, and in the bedroom, I feel like I’m half that age,” Tom exudes. “It’s really remarkable what this ESWT  does for you. And the treatments are all very quick and painless. A few minutes and you’re out of there.

“And one of the best things is how professional the technicians at Alpha Medical Group are. Let’s face it, this is a touchy subject for men. It’s not something anybody is going to brag about. But they put you at ease, and make you feel comfortable.

“I can’t thank Dr. Hollington and his staff enough for treating me so well and for giving me back this part of my life. They did a great job, and I recommend them and the ESWT for anyone who has a problem with ED.”

*Patient’s name withheld at his request
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