Any time there are any new developments in the field of treatment for erectile dysfunction there is huge media coverage and it is no different this time as major news agencies are giving widespread coverage to a recent study done where extra-corporeal shock wave therapy was used to improve sexual function of some men suffering from severe erectile dysfunction or impotence.
This is a similar technique which is used to break kidney stones, and before we get too excited, its important to note that the study was conducted on a relatively small number of patients (29 men) and the results are far from conclusive in my opinion to rate this type of treatment as effective.
The major drawback of this technique as I see it is that it is primarily a destructive one as it is used to break down things more than anything else (as demonstrated in the process of breaking kidney stones). So the long-term effects and the safety are question marks.
I am not dismissing this treatment out of hand but I feel that a lot more research needs to be done over a much longer period of time, involving a larger number of volunteers before I can even think of endorsing it. But having said that it is a development on which I for one will be keeping a keen eye out for.