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Pain-free treatment for ED

3 June 2014 / by / 4 comments

Pain-free treatment for ED

New shock­wave ther­apy elim­i­nates the need for drugs, inva­sive surgery or painful treat­ment.

BY: Eleanor Yap

Amer­i­can Robert Smith (a pseu­do­nym), who is in his late 70s, had com­plained of poor erec­tion for the last three years. He shared: “It may have come from surg­eries as a result of the enlarge­ment of the prostate (with the lat­est surgery being about three years ago).” The doc­tor gave him Viagra-​type drugs, how­ever, he said: “it did help but not all the time”.

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Then in March this year, he tried Singapore’s first and only Erec­tile Dys­func­tion Shock­wave Ther­apy (EDSWT) sys­tem at Gle­nea­gles Hos­pi­tal. “Dur­ing the first ses­sion with the ther­apy, I saw remark­able improve­ment. After six ses­sions, it got bet­ter and bet­ter; I was really happy with the results.”

He added: “You have bet­ter sex with your wife, that is the beauty of it.” Smith has been mar­ried for over 25 years and has one child between him and his wife, and three oth­ers from a pre­vi­ous mar­riage. “I would strongly rec­om­mend the ther­apy. For any­one in their 70s onwards, it revi­talises the prostate glands!”

Drug– & pain-​free

The new EDSWT sys­tem, the ED1000, uses ultrasound-​like, low-​intensity shock­waves to stim­u­late the cre­ation of new micro-​vascular blood ves­sels. These new ves­sels increase blood sup­ply to achieve fuller and firmer erec­tions. Unlike other treat­ments, EDSWT treats the cause of the prob­lem rather than just man­age the symp­toms. Also, other ED treat­ments often includes oral or locally-​injected med­ica­tions, vac­uum pump or implants, but EDSWT is a drug– and pain-​free option and with no side effects.

The ther­apy is con­ducted in the clinic as an out­pa­tient pro­ce­dure (hence the treat­ment is not cov­ered under Medis­ave) and it does not require seda­tion. A typ­i­cal course of EDSWT con­sists of the stan­dard six 20-​minute ses­sions done twice a week for three weeks and the total cost of the treat­ment is S$3,500. Accord­ing to Dr Peter Lim, med­ical direc­tor of Androl­ogy, Urol­ogy & Con­ti­nence Cen­tre at Gle­nea­gles Hos­pi­tal, more severe cases may require up to 12 ses­sions done over nine weeks.

The EDSWT treat­ment has been suc­cess­fully com­pleted on eight patients at Gle­nea­gles Hos­pi­tal with excep­tional results and Dr Lim is see­ing another 20 new patients. He added that improve­ments to erec­tile func­tion have been reported as early as two weeks from the start of the treat­ment, and notice­able improve­ments can be seen two months after start­ing treatment.

Lat­est stud­ies also show that the effects of EDSWT have lasted over two years with­out the need for addi­tional treat­ment or reliance on costly long-​term oral and locally-​injected med­i­cine. Some patients who have had no suc­cess with other ED treat­ments have reported pos­i­tive results after under­go­ing EDSWT.

Com­mon condition

ED is a com­mon con­di­tion among men that makes it dif­fi­cult to achieve or main­tain an erec­tion. A study done on Sin­ga­porean men in 2003 revealed that as many as 19.3 per­cent of men above age 30 suf­fer from severe ED. The most preva­lent cause of this prob­lem is insuf­fi­cient blood flow to the penis, some­times caused by health issues such as heart dis­ease, high blood pres­sure or diabetes.



New shockwave therapy eliminates the need for drugs, invasive surgery or painful treatment.

BY: Eleanor Yap

 

American Robert Smith (a pseudonym), who is in his late 70s, had complained of poor erection for the last three years. He shared: “It may have come from surgeries as a result of the enlargement of the prostate (with the latest surgery being about three years ago).” The doctor gave him Viagra-type drugs, however, he said: “it did help but not all the time”.

The first EDSWT system, the ED1000, is at Gleneagles Hospital.

Then in March this year, he tried Singapore’s first and only Erectile Dysfunction Shockwave Therapy (EDSWT) system at Gleneagles Hospital. “During the first session with the therapy, I saw remarkable improvement. After six sessions, it got better and better; I was really happy with the results.”

He added: “You have better sex with your wife, that is the beauty of it.” Smith has been married for over 25 years and has one child between him and his wife, and three others from a previous marriage. “I would strongly recommend the therapy. For anyone in their 70s onwards, it revitalises the prostate glands!”

 

Drug- & pain-free

The new EDSWT system, the ED1000, uses ultrasound-like, low-intensity shockwaves to stimulate the creation of new micro-vascular blood vessels. These new vessels increase blood supply to achieve fuller and firmer erections. Unlike other treatments, EDSWT treats the cause of the problem rather than just manage the symptoms. Also, other ED treatments often includes oral or locally-injected medications, vacuum pump or implants, but EDSWT is a drug- and pain-free option and with no side effects.

The therapy is conducted in the clinic as an outpatient procedure (hence the treatment is not covered under Medisave) and it does not require sedation. A typical course of EDSWT consists of the standard six 20-minute sessions done twice a week for three weeks and the total cost of the treatment is S$3,500. According to Dr Peter Lim, medical director of Andrology, Urology & Continence Centre at Gleneagles Hospital, more severe cases may require up to 12 sessions done over nine weeks.

The EDSWT treatment has been successfully completed on eight patients at Gleneagles Hospital with exceptional results and Dr Lim is seeing another 20 new patients. He added that improvements to erectile function have been reported as early as two weeks from the start of the treatment, and noticeable improvements can be seen two months after starting treatment.

Latest studies also show that the effects of EDSWT have lasted over two years without the need for additional treatment or reliance on costly long-term oral and locally-injected medicine. Some patients who have had no success with other ED treatments have reported positive results after undergoing EDSWT.

 

Common condition

ED is a common condition among men that makes it difficult to achieve or maintain an erection. A study done on Singaporean men in 2003 revealed that as many as 19.3 percent of men above age 30 suffer from severe ED. The most prevalent cause of this problem is insufficient blood flow to the penis, sometimes caused by health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes.

 


 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Stephen Teng says:

    Ancient Chinese secret cures erectile dysfunction
    February 6, 2013: Dr. William Campbell Douglass II.
    Ginseng for your thing

    All right men — those of you snickering over that last story about muffin top can stop now, because women aren’t the only ones who suffer from the hormonal changes that come with ageing.

    While ladies are being hit above the belt, men suffer below it — because as you age, your testosterone levels plunge.

    And when testosterone levels dip, you can’t get a rise where it counts most.

    Yes … that means “down there”.

    That’s why most male sex problems can be cured by boosting testosterone levels — and you don’t always need a hormone supplement to do the job. There are natural remedies that can actually get your body to produce more testosterone on its own.

    One of them is ginseng. It’s been used in Asia to treat male sex problems for centuries, and in one new study men with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction who took it had sex improvements across the board.

    That’s the good news.

    That bad news is that they weren’t huge improvements — but that’s because ginseng alone isn’t always enough. So along with this ancient Chinese secret, be sure to take vitamin E (start with at least 400mg a day) as well as fish oil.

    Finally, don’t forget my secret weapon: Testofen, an extract of ram’s horn clover. In one study, it raised the free testosterone levels of 29 participants who also engaged in a strength-training regimen.

    That’s a much larger increase than the levels seen in men who took a placebo.

    With results like that, you won’t need a penis pill — just a partner who can keep up with you in the bedroom!

  2. Dennis says:

    How does EDSWT work for those who undergone prostatectomy procedure. Had no effect with PDE5 inhibitors.
    Want to know more.
    Thank you

    • agelessadmin agelessadmin says:

      Hi, Dennis, thanks for your query, I have since e-mailed the PR company that sent me the press release to then e-mail the doctor. When I get an answer, I will e-mail you directly.

    • agelessadmin agelessadmin says:

      Hi, Dennis, I got your answer from Dr Peter Lim, the urologist at Gleneagles Medical Centre –

      1) How does EDSWT work for those who have undergone prostatectomy procedure?
      EDSWT revitalises blood supply to the penis by making new blood vessels grow into it. Dr Lim has treated 3 patients post cancer prostatectomy and EDSWT worked for 2 of the patients.

      2) It had no effect with PDE5 inhibitors and wants to know more.
      Nerves or blood vessels may have been damaged after prostate surgery. If nerves are damaged, then PDE5 inhibitors which improve blood supply may not work. A doctor will need to do a Doppler ultrasound study to ascertain the conditions first.

      Hope this helps. If you have any further queries, you can reach out to Dr Lim’s appointment and medical enquiry number which is 6575 7575.

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