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Int J Impot Res. 2019 Feb 1. doi: 10.1038/s41443-019-0121-3. [Epub ahead of print]

Low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy in the treatment of erectile dysfunction following radical prostatectomy: a critical review.

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Department of Urology, Section of Andrology, Akdeniz University School of Medicine, Dumlupinar Bulvari, Kampus, 07070, Antalya, Turkey.
Department of Urology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orlans, LA, USA.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Baltimore, MD, USA.


Low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (LI-ESWT) to the penis has recently emerged as novel therapeutic option in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). Randomized-controlled studies investigating the effect of this new treatment modality revealed promising results in men with vasculogenic ED. However, the efficacy of LI-ESWT in men who develop ED following radical prostatectomy (RP) remains obscure due to the exclusion of this group in nearly all clinical trials. In this review, the authors synthesize the findings from available preclinical and clinical studies that examine the potential utility of LI-ESWT in men with post-RP ED.


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