Now Offering Shockwave Therapy!

ShockwaveAt Minnesota Urology, we are always working to expand the boundaries of patient care with innovative, evidence-based, non-invasive technologies. We are now offering Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy (Li-SWT) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED), Peyronie’s disease, and male pelvic pain. 

Li-SWT is a safe, non-invasive, non-surgical, and low-risk treatment option with several benefits, including:

  • No anesthesia needed
  • Minimal side effects
  • Same-day procedure
  • Long-lasting

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy (Li-SWT) is a treatment modality that utilizes acoustic (sound) waves to target damaged or impaired tissue to encourage the body to create healthier tissue. It also helps stimulate blood vessel growth.   Shockwave therapy has been safely used for decades. Today it is being successfully used to treat conditions such as erectile dysfunction (ED), Peyronie’s Disease, and sometimes male or female pelvic pain. 

How Does Shockwave for ED Work?

Shockwave therapy is an alternative to traditional treatments, such as oral medications (Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis), vacuum erection devices, injectable medications, and intra-urethral suppositories. 

When treating ED with shockwave therapy, low-intensity shock waves are applied to different treatment zones on the penis and on the perineum. Using targeted high-energy sound waves, Li-ESWT can speed up tissue repair and improve blood flow, nerve regeneration, and cell growth. This helps improve the strength and quality of erections. 

Is Shockwave Therapy Painful?

While “shockwave” on the surface may sound unpleasant, patients typically tolerate it well. It applies short, frequent, and high-intensity bursts of energy (in the form of ultrasonic sound waves) into soft tissue. Some patients may experience mild discomfort during or after their procedure. 

Is Shockwave Therapy Safe?

LiSWT is quite safe and has almost no risks. Clinical trials studying LiSWT for ED showed that there were no adverse events. The most common side-effect is mild pain and discomfort after the procedure that resolves quickly. A few men have had mild bruising of the penus when shockwave therapy for ED, but this is rare. 

What Should I Expect for My Appointment?

Prior to your appointment, you may be instructed to shave the affected area. For example, you may be asked to shave the testes and penis prior to treatment for ED. There are no other preparations needed for your procedure. 

Appointments take approximately 30 minutes, and the procedure itself usually takes about 15-20 minutes. However, sessions may be longer depending on the customized treatment for each individual. Patients usually require six (6) treatments, with the effects expected to last for two to three years. The treatment may be repeated, if needed, after that timeframe. 

Treatments are not uncomfortable, and people do not require pain relief or anesthetic; however, patients may have soreness, redness, or some bruising in the treatment area. There are no restrictions following the therapy, but you should take it easy for the rest of the day. 

How Much Does Shockwave Therapy Cost?

Insurance companies do not typically cover Shockwave Therapy, and patients should expect to pay out-of-pocket. At MNU, the cost is $2,000.00 for 6 weekly treatments and must be paid in full prior to the first treatment. 

Is Shockwave Therapy Right For You?

Your urologist will discuss your individual situation and help you determine if shockwave therapy is an appropriate treatment option for you.

Locations Currently Providing Shockwave Therapy

  • Edina – Call 952-927-6501 to schedule
  • Brooklyn Park – Call 952-927-6501 or 763-520-7700 to schedule
  • Woodbury – Call 651-999-6800 to schedule
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