Most physicians suggest that treatments for impotence proceed along a path moving from least invasive to most invasive. Many of today's drugs - including anti-depressants - can cause reduced sexual ability and desire. The first step usually recommended is cutting back on any harmful drugs. However, if the primary cause of impotence is due to mainly psychological factors, psychotherapy and behavior modifications are considered next. This is followed by vacuum devices, oral drugs, locally injected drugs, and surgically implanted devices (and, in rare cases, surgery involving veins or arteries).
You are visiting this site now because you are interested in vacuum therapy. Vacuum therapy is recommended for thousands of men by thousands of physcians worldwide. Medicare and private health insurance plans classify "vacuum erection penile pumps" as "durable medical equipment". These medical grade devices always carry an extended warranty and are FDA approved. This is the only type of system you will find at Fitzz.com.
Mechanical vacuum devices cause erection by creating a partial vacuum around the penis, which draws blood into the penis engorging it and expanding it just like a naturally occurring erection. The devices have three components: a plastic cylinder in which the penis is placed; a pump, which draws air out of the cylinder; and an elastic band which is placed around the base of the penis to maintain the erection after the cylinder is removed and during intercourse. This elastic band prevents blood from escaping the penis and flowing back into the body.
All systems, with the exception of the Vacurect, incorporate a semi-rigid rubber sheath called a constrictor band that is placed on the base of the penis after obtaining the erection. The Vacurect system uses soft silicon discs with the constrictive hole in the center. These discs are placed on the penis prior to the erection being obtained and provide a soft and highly effective seal for the vacuum cylinder as well as preventing the scrotum from being drawning painfully into the tube.
Tests have shown the Vacurect to be highly effective and our patients have found it very comfortable and have experienced high levels of success. The cost of this device is a single event, with the prospect of many years of use, as frequently as the patient might desire. The purchase price of the device is less than that of Viagra for one month for a patient having intercourse twice a week. In a patient starting with a completely flaccid penis, a vacuum constriction device can produce a functional erection, but it will not be as rigid as a normal erection. The vast majority of men complaining of erectile dysfunction, still have some degree of penile tumescence (thickening and lengthening of the penis during erotic stimulation) and in these, a vacuum constriction device will produce an excellent result.
Of the currently used treatment modalities for erectile dysfunction (including Viagra and intra penile injection) none has a greater than 70% success rate. However, even when not 100% successful, some degree of penile tumescence is produced. The addition of a vacuum device in this situation will result in an successful erection. The "multiple round" enthusiast can best achieve a "repeat performance" by applying a vacuum device after ejaculation but before the erection has completely subsided.
Vacuum erection devices are safe and there are no absolute contra indications to their use. However, patients on anticoagulant therapy (such as Warfarin) should exercise caution and should not create a vacuum of such strength as might cause pain. The rupture of a tiny blood vessel in such cases could cause bleeding under the skin, not considered a serious complication but should be discussed with your physician. Blood that has been thinned is more difficult to constrict as well and may lead to less than optimum success rates.
Condoms can be used in conjunction with a vacuum constriction device.
Currently there now clinical studies being performed to study the benefits of vacuum therapy after prostate surgery. The initial findings are exciting and show that simply using vacuum therapy to draw blood into the penis "offers healing effects and potentially reduces the severity of impotency". Click here to read more about Cleveland Clinic's studies regarding prostate surgery rehabilitation.
Our customers also report that regular use of vacuum therapy systems will increase the length and girth of the penis. This occurs through the natural process of gradually stretching and "over inflating" the penis causing cellular growth and expansion of the "spongy" tissue found in the shaft of the penis. There are no FDA Approved studies to support this - but frankly, we are glad the government has spent their money on such a study. We have received so much feedback from customers that we don't need study! The customers' success stories tell it all!