The UVA Department of Urology seeks men ages 30-80 with erectile dysfunction for a research study. The purpose of the study is to tests low-intensity shockwave therapy as a potential treatment for erectile dysfunction.
Who is eligible to participate?
1. Men who currently suffer from erectile dysfunction.
2. Patients who have undergone treatment for prostate cancer and have erectile dysfunction.
3. Patients who are planning to undergo treatment for prostate cancer and either have or are at risk for erectile dysfunction.
What can participants expect?
Participants will be randomly assigned to either a group that receives shockwave therapy or one that does not (the control group). Those in the control group will have the opportunity to receive shockwave therapy after the one-month follow-up appointment.
For those receiving therapy as part of the clinical trial, shockwaves will be delivered to the penis tissue twice a week for three weeks.
The full length of the study is six months. All appointments last about 30 minutes.
What will participants be required to do?
• Fill out a questionnaire at the beginning and then again one month, three months, and six months after enrollment.
• Have bi-weekly appointments for weeks one, two, and three of the study.
• Have three follow-up appointments through-out the study: One month, three months and six months after enrollment.
Study-related shockwave treatments are provided free of charge.