GAINSWave: A Game-Changer for Erectile Dysfunction

by Joseph Pedro

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday September 24, 2019

GAINSWave: A Game-Changer for Erectile Dysfunction
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It's the non-invasive erectile dysfunction treatment that's making waves around the globe, and giving men back the confidence that they thought was lost forever. The pioneering treatment, called GAINSWave, is completely safe and administered in a professional setting right in the heart of New York City at Manhattan Medical Associates.

Many men worry that ED treatment will be costly, painful, uncomfortable, and an all-around nerve-racking experience. But knowledge is power. EDGE chatted with Dr. Gary Guarnaccia about the groundbreaking procedure that has medical journals like The Therapeutic Advances in Urology calling it "a revolutionary treatment." Other positive responses have been reported by the International Journal of Urology, which stated in a 2016 report that low-intensity shock wave therapy is "an effective physical therapy for erectile dysfunction."


But how is GAINSWave different than popping a pill? Studies have shown a 75 percent success rate (higher than Viagra or Cialis). The procedure has no side effects and long-lasting results, proving that acoustic wave technology can be a life-changing option for many men. The FDA thinks so, too, as it's the first-of-its-kind FDA-cleared treatment.

"Low-intensity extracorporeal wave therapy is a revolutionary treatment of ED," wrote a team of doctors in Therapeutic Advances in Urology, "and probably possesses unprecedented qualities that can rehabilitate erectile tissue."

No preparation is necessary for GAINSWave treatment. The procedure is non-invasive and performed directly on the penis and surrounding area. It does not conflict with any medication or health issues. Patients with particularly sensitive skin may see a bit of temporary redness that will quickly fade.

Some men may be concerned about discretion. Manhattan Medical Associates' office is located in a medical building with over 40 doctors, and you don't have to worry about a glaring "ED" sign on the front door. All consultations and treatments are by appointment only and in private rooms. The professional office staff does not over-schedule so that patients can be in and out without spending a lot of time in the waiting room.

The doctor or technician (male or female — your choice) administering treatment will ensure that you're comfortable. The shockwave therapy can be performed to a patient sitting or reclining.

"The technician will then follow the GAINSWave protocol and apply 10,000 to 15,000 pulses using our Class 1 FDA wave therapy machine, and there is rarely any discomfort," explains Dr. Gary Guarnaccia. Thanks to an optional numbing cream, which you or the technician can apply, you won't feel a thing. This will also prevent you from getting aroused during the process, something that rarely happens, but if it does, your technician or doctor has seen it all.

"If the patient experiences any discomfort, we will follow up next time by allowing more time with the numbing cream before we do the procedure. Numbing will take between five and 20 minutes. The procedure itself takes about 10 minutes," Dr. Guarnaccia adds.

How gentle is the treatment? "Some patients even nap a little during the procedure," Dr. Guarnaccia jokes.

According to the International Journal of Impotence Research, "Pain is tolerated by 100 percent of the treated patients and no side effects have been recorded, demonstrating the potential of this technology, as a treatment option for men who are not satisfied by the currently available solutions."

Your doctor will determine how many treatments are necessary to obtain optimal results from GAINSWave technology. "Treatments are generally identical, though we do vary the protocol if patient feedback and blood test results merit it. The biggest variable is the number of sessions necessary. This depends on the age, physical profile, and goals of the patient," Dr. Guarnaccia explains.

As the benefits of GAINSWave positively impact your life, you'll want to be aware of some after-care recommendations. "Our biggest advice is that lifestyle choices that are good for overall health are also good for erections. Stay active, eat right, avoid cigarettes, too much alcohol, get enough sleep, and so on," Dr. Guaranaccia advises.

Could the process work too well and leave you with an extended erection? "There shouldn't be any concerns for an extended erection (also known as priapism) that can be a side effect of oral drugs or injections," says Dr. Guaranaccia. "The GAINSWave treatment does not artificially enhance an erection by forcing blood vessels to dilate abnormally. Rather, GAINSWave stimulates the body to build new blood vessels and restores its ability to have erections normally and in a healthy manner. That is also why this treatment has no side effects reported."

The results are promising. The Canadian Journal of Urology reported a "... significant increase in the erection hardness score."

And that's a test we all want to ace.

All content above was created and published for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice.

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Joseph Pedro is a Seattle-based freelance writer. He specializes in world travel, LGBT journalism and fiction writing. Follow along on his adventures on Instagram and Twitter: @joelovesyou.

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