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Is an end to erectile dysfunction and a return to great sex worth a flight from Southern California to Chicago?

A concierge medical practice in the windy city has disclosed it’s the first in Chicago to “offer a new treatment for erectile dysfunction that is painless, non-invasive and drug-free.”

The medical practice is called Agenixs, and the procedure is touted as being “twice as effective as Viagra and similar drugs used to treat ED, with none of the harmful side effects,” according to a statement from the doctors at Agenixs.

However, it’s not known if the new treatment is being offered by physicians in the Los Angeles area.

“GAINSWave utilizes the only acoustical wave device cleared by the Federal Drug Administration for the treatment of ED,” the statement read. “The extracorporeal shock wave therapy helps improve blood flow (and) reverse the damage that can lead to ED …”

Paul Savage, the doctor who founded Agenixs, said the new procedure is an important step toward the treatment of ED, which is a medical condition in which a man is unable to get or keep an erection. It affects as many as 30 million men in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health.

“Many physical and psychological issues can lead to ED, including high blood pressure, diabetes and multiple sclerosis,” Savage said. “As men age, the blood vessels of the penis break down and hinder good blood flow, essential to erectile function. This treatment actually breaks down the plaque and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels.”

A study published in Therapeutic Advances in Urology concluded that the kind of technology used by GAINSWave™ “…possesses unprecedented qualities that can rehabilitate erectile tissue …and may create a new standard of care for men with ED.”

Savage cited the experience of one 70-year-old patient who has heart disease and is unable to take oral medications for ED. “I’ve noticed a difference probably after treatment number five. I’ve also noticed I have more endurance,” he was quoted as saying.

Savage said his patients often get great results. “Thirty percent of patients are off their pills within six treatments, and 60 percent are on a lower dose.”

Between six and twelve 30-minute treatments are recommended for lasting benefits, according to the doctor.

There was no information in the Agenixs statement to the media that provided estimates of the treatment costs.

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