A recent study investigated the use of low intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy (LIESWT) for penile rehabilitation in patients after robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP). The study aimed to analyze the changes in sexual function (SF) after RALP and the effect of early or delayed intervention with LIESWT on SF recovery.
The study included a total of 16 patients who received LIESWT and 178 patients who did not receive LIESWT. The SF scores were measured using the Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite (EPIC) at baseline and at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after RALP.
The results showed that patients who received LIESWT had significantly higher SF scores than those who did not receive LIESWT. LIESWT delivered clinical benefits to patients after RALP, regardless of whether it was used early or delayed. The study concluded that LIESWT could be used as a treatment option for penile rehabilitation in patients after RALP.
LIESWT is a non-invasive treatment that uses low intensity shockwaves to improve blood flow and promote tissue regeneration. It has been used to treat various medical conditions, including musculoskeletal injuries and erectile dysfunction (ED). In this study, LIESWT was used for penile rehabilitation after RALP, a surgical procedure that can lead to ED.
Overall, the study suggests that LIESWT can help improve SF in patients after RALP. It provides a non-invasive treatment option for penile rehabilitation, which could improve the quality of life for patients after surgery.