Penile rehabilitation refers to therapies that can help preserve penile tissue and restore erectile function in men who have undergone prostate removal. A vacuum erection device or penis pump is an effective intervention to improve penis health in men with impaired erectile function after surgery.
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Abstract. Objectives: To assess the effectiveness of combining sildenafil citrate with a vacuum constriction device (VCD) in men (after radical prostatectomy) unsatisfied with the results of the VCD alone. Methods: A total of 31 patients unsatisfied with the early use of VCD alone after radical prostatectomy (mean follow-up of 4.5 months) were instructed to take 100 mg of sildenafil 1 to 2 hours before VCD use for sexual intercourse.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Injections: Trimix. Penile Implant. Vacuum Erection Device (VED) Shockwave Therapy for ED. A vacuum erection device, sometimes called a vacuum pump or penis pump, is an external acrylic pump that a man uses to get and maintain an erection. The VED consists of a cylinder that goes over the penis with either a battery operated or manual pump.
Usually around 4 weeks after surgery you can start to use a vacuum erection device. Look at the study below which provides support for this as an effective treatment. To assess the efficacy of vacuum constriction devices (VCD) following radical prostatectomy (RP) and determine whether early use of VCD facilitates early sexual activity and potentially earlier return of erectile function.
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I am about 61 and 21 months post robotic prostatectomy with nerve sparing success. I did the usual penile rehab, with drugs, followed by vacuum pump, then trimix and am at the point where 20 mg levitra alone will give a reasonable erection although sometimes of insufficient hardness for penetration.
Use a hand pump or electric pump attached to the tube to create a vacuum inside the tube and pull blood into the penis. Once you have an erection, slip a rubber constriction ring around the base of your penis. This helps you maintain the erection by keeping blood inside the penis. Remove the vacuum device.
They found that starting the use of a vacuum erection device one month after surgery improves sexual function and helps to preserve penile length. Sources: Gontero P, Galzerano M, Bartoletti R, et al. New Insights Into the Pathogenesis of Penile Shortening After Radical Prostatectomy and the Role of Postoperative Sexual Function.