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Low Intensity Shockwave Therapy (LiST)

Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy (LiST) is a groundbreaking “drug and surgery-free” procedure that uses acoustic waves to stimulate a cascade of biological actions that lead to the healing and regeneration of the sexual organs. Simply…LiST helps your body heal itself!

What Is Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy (LIST)?

Our bodies have a remarkable capacity to heal themselves. Regeneration of new tissue is accomplished by the natural production of stem cells. Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy (LiST) delivers pulse waves to the penis or vagina and stimulates activation of the body’s cellular repair mechanisms, similar to that with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. This results in the opening of existing blood vessels and the growth of new ones as well. It additionally stimulates cellular tissue repair resulting in better improved, or even normalized, sexual function. LiST was originally used to treat sports injuries and plantar fasciitis, but now has evolved to address issues of sexual wellness and dysfunction. LiST is one of the most advanced, effective, natural treatments for cellular repair AND rejuvenation throughout the body.

What Benefits Can a Man Have from Shockwave Therapy?

  • Stronger, firmer erections
  • Increased sensitivity in the penis
  • Easier to achieve and maintain erections (i.e., improved sexual stamina)
  • Increased penile length and girth
  • Greater self-esteem
  • Improvement in or resolution of penile curvature & pain from Peyronie’s Disease
  • Resolution of penile pain with erection
  • Better overall blood flow to the penis

What Benefits Can a Woman Have from Shockwave Therapy?

  • Decreased or completely resolved pain during sex (known as dyspareunia)
  • Increased ability to have vaginal orgasms
  • Stronger and more frequent orgasms
  • Greater arousal from clitoral stimulation
  • Increased vaginal lubrication
  • A tighter vaginal canal (if felt to be too loose prior)
  • A more elastic vaginal canal (if felt to be too tight prior, usually after menopause)
  • Younger, smoother skin externally (lips of the vagina)
  • Decreased or resolved overactive bladder and/or urinary incontinence

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

Shockwave therapy (LiST) falls under the field of regenerative medicine, which deals with the process of replacing, engineering, or regenerating human cells, tissues, or organs to restore or establish normal function. It is a non-invasive treatment that stimulates tissue repair and cellular regeneration. LiST results in the recruitment of platelets and the subsequent release of growth factors & proteins which in turn activate stem cells and stimulate cellular repair and regeneration wherever they are applied in the body. In addition, collagen production and the formation of new blood vessels occurs and further aids in tissue repair.

During the treatment, a small wand device uses targeted sound waves to stimulate tissue and encourage blood flow. Low-intensity shockwaves help grow new blood vessels and improve blood flow in the treatment area.

Shockwave therapy has been clinically investigated and applied in several medical fields with success.

How Long Does the List Take to Perform?

LiST is an in-office procedure that usually takes under 30 minutes. There is no recovery period or major restrictions and all patients may resume their usual activities soon after on the same day.

Is There Anything Else That I Will Need to Do After the LiST?

Though the treatment does not require any special aftercare, for men looking to achieve optimal results, we strongly encourage the use of a Vacuum Erection Device (VED) in the weeks following LiST. This is usually done twice daily. It requires only a few minutes of your time and without it, success rates are usually lower. We will walk you through it the first time.

For women after LiST, using an Apex M or Intensity pelvic floor muscle stimulation device is vital for achieving optimal success from the procedure. This is also done twice daily.

How Does Shockwave Therapy (LiST) Differ from PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a therapy that involves the injection of a person’s own growth factors to stimulate tissue healing. (Click here to learn more). Both PRP and LiST work by similar means, but LiST takes the process back one step and stimulates platelet activation as opposed to extracting platelets from one’s blood and injecting them directly where cellular repair is needed.

Can Shockwave Therapy and PRP Be Used Together?

Midwest Urological Group prepares an extensive treatment plan that is customized specifically for each individual who walks through our doors. No one treatment type is optimal for every patient, thus, PRP is also often used in conjunction with LiST in patients who may benefit from both as they have a known additive effect. Ask us if you are a candidate for PRP as well as LiST.

Patient Testimonials

  • I am a man in my 40s. I wouldn’t say I have ED, but my wife and I both noticed that things were not quite “as good” as they used to be. It was taking longer to become aroused, and “getting ready” a second time was almost impossible. I heard about low-energy shockwave and decided to give it a shot. Man, was I happy I did, my wife says our sex life is the best it’s been since our honeymoon!
  • I cannot begin to tell you how amazed I am by the results of Low-Energy shockwave. I had the treatment and saw a difference making love to my wife that very night!
  • Shockwave therapy changed my life. My wife and I went from having sex 3-4 times a year to 3-4 times a week! We went to Florida for vacation and it felt like a honeymoon!
  • I had strong curvature in my penis and now with PRP and low energy shockwave there is less curve and my erections are stronger.

Scheduling Treatment with Low-Energy Shockwave Therapy

Contact Dr. Joseph Banno to discuss Low-Energy Shockwave Therapy. Midwest Urological Group is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for men and women throughout Springfield, Champaign, Galesburg, Decatur, Galesburg, and Bloomington, IL. To schedule a consultation at our urology clinic in Peoria, IL, please call (309) 692-9898 or request an appointment through our secure online form.