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. 2012 Aug;18(8):723-6.

[Penile Rehabilitation With Vacuum Erection Device for Erectile Dysfunction After Radical Prostatectomy]

[Article in Chinese]
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[Penile Rehabilitation With Vacuum Erection Device for Erectile Dysfunction After Radical Prostatectomy]

[Article in Chinese]
Yi-Jun Shen et al. Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue. .

Abstract

Objective: To investigate the efficacy and safety of vacuum erection device (VED) for erectile dysfunction (ED) after radical prostatectomy (RP).

Methods: Six cases of ED after open RP were reviewed. Three of the patients started a daily rehabilitation protocol using VED 10 min/d within 3 months after RP (group A, early intervention), while the other 3 initiated the same protocol after 12 months (group B, late intervention). We compared the IIEF-5 scores as well as stretched penile lengths and mid-shaft circumferences before and after 3 and 6 months of VED rehabilitation. We also assessed the safety of the device and sexual satisfaction of the patients and their partners.

Results: The mean IIEF-5 score of the six cases was remarkably increased at 3 and 6 months of VED rehabilitation (P < 0.05), significantly higher in group A than in B at 3 months (8.7 +/- 0.6 vs 6.7 +/- 0.6, P < 0.05) and 6 months (13.0 +/- 1.0 vs 8.3 +/- 1.5, P < 0.05). After 6 months of VED rehabilitation, there were no significant changes in stretched penile length or mid-shaft circumference in group A, both significantly decreased in group B (P < 0.05), and sexual satisfaction of the patients and their partners were 83.3% and 50%, respectively. No serious adverse events were observed except mild complaint of pe- nile skin darkening in 1 case and numb feeling during the intercourse in 2.

Conclusion: Early use of VED after RP improves erectile function and helps to preserve the length and mid-shaft circumference of the penis.

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