A vacuum device for penile elongation: fact or fiction?

BJU Int. 2006 Apr;97(4):777-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2006.05992.x.


Objective: To assess the efficacy of a vacuum device as a noninvasive method for penile elongation.

Patients and methods: Between September 2003 and November 2004, 37 sexually active men with a stretched penis length of <10 cm were given vacuum treatment three times a week, for 20 min on each occasion, for 6 months.

Results: After 6 months, the mean penile length had increased from 7.6 cm to 7.9 cm (no significant difference). The efficacy of vacuum treatment was approximately 10%, and the patient satisfaction rate was 30%. There was one case of haematoma of the penis and one of glans numbness, both resolved spontaneously without any intervention.

Conclusion: Vacuum treatment of the penis is not an effective method for penile elongation, but provides psychological satisfaction for some men.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Image*
  • Body Weights and Measures / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Penis / anatomy & histology*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urology / instrumentation*
  • Vacuum