»Christian Chaussy Award 2022«: PD Dr Danijel Sikic honoured for research on Li-ESWT for erectile dysfunction

»Christian Chaussy Award 2022«: PD Dr. med. Danijel Sikic honoured for research on Li-ESWT for erectile dysfunction

On 23 September 2022, PD Dr Danijel Sikic (University Hospital Erlangen, Department of Urology and Pediatric Urology) received the »Christian Chaussy Award 2022« - an award of the German Society for Shockwave Lithotripsy (DGSWL) for outstanding scientific work in the field of shock wave lithotripsy and shock wave therapy. Dr. Sikic was awarded for his work on the study »Analysis of the Impact of Clinical Factors on Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction.«1 The ceremony took place at the 74th Congress of the German Society of Urology (DGU) in Hamburg during the DGSWL meeting. Dr. Sikic presented the study results and highlighted their scientific significance.

Significant improvement in men with cardiovascular risk factors and antihypertensive medications
The study investigated the potential influence of certain factors on the treatment success of low-intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (Li-ESWT) for erectile dysfunction (ED). In the study, 50 ED patients were treated with 3 000 shock waves once a week for a period of 6 weeks. Changes were measured using IIEF-5 score and Erectile Hardness Score (EHS) (baseline, 3-month follow-up, 6-month follow-up). Treatment success was achieved in 28 patients (56%): Twenty-five patients (50%) experienced an improvement during the first 3 months, which lasted for 6 months in 8 cases (16%). Three patients reported improved erectile function only after 6 months. When the cohort was stratified with regard to potential influencing factors, there was a significant improvement in the IIEF-5 score in men with cardiovascular risk factors (p = 0.026) and in men on antihypertensive medication (p = 0.009). Men without cardiovascular risk factors showed no therapeutic benefit from Li-ESWT.

About the »Christian Chaussy Award«
The »Christian Chaussy Award« is named after Professor Dr Christian Chaussy. On 7 February 1980, he treated the first kidney stone patient worldwide successfully with Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. Shortly after the first treatment, the new method was celebrated as a revolution. The German Society for Shock Wave Lithotripsy (DGSWL) has been organising the award since 2019. STORZ MEDICAL supports the award with a research grant of €2 500.

1. Oginski N, Apel H, Richterstetter M, Lieb V, Fiebig C, Goebell PJ, Wullich B, Sikic D. Analysis of the Impact of Clinical Factors on Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction. Urol Int. 2022 Feb 10:1-9. doi: 10.1159/000520705. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35144264.

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