An article in Translational Urology and Andrology (2020:9:1559-65) evaluated the effectiveness of Low Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (LI-ESWT) in improving Sexual Function (SF) after men had undergone a radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. The intervention group underwent Low Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (LI-ESWT) as opposed to the control group.
Sexual Function was investigated using the Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite. They found that Sexual Function was significantly better in the Men treated with Shock Wave Therapy when compared to the non-treated men.
They also staggered the starting points of Shock Wave Therapy; early treatment, delayed treatment and then the no treatment group. After 12 months, SF scores were 28.0 in the early treatment group and 21.3 in the delayed treatment group, compared with 9.5 in the no treatment group.
“Thus, this very small study suggests a benefit of LI-ESWT for men who have undergone radical prostatectomy.”