The Resurgence of the Vacuum Erection Device (VED) for Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

  • Brison D
  • Seftel A
  • Sadeghi-Nejad H
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INTRODUCTION: Vacuum erection devices (VEDs) have been approved in the United States since 1982 and offer a viable alternative to oral phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5i), injections and transurethral suppositories. Studies have demonstrated efficacy in erectile dysfunction (ED) associated with a variety of conditions. More recently, this modality has been evaluated in initial phosphodiesterase inhibitor nonresponders as well as for post-prostatectomy penile rehabilitation.

AIM: This article provides a detailed overview of the history of VEDs, a review of the literature, and a concise description of their new applications in modern urological practice.

METHODS: A retrospective review of publications relevant to the field of VEDs.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Review of the historical milestones, evolution, and modern utilization of VEDs in modern urological protocols.

RESULTS: Studies have demonstrated efficacy in ED associated with a variety of conditions. Early penile rehabilitation after surgery for prostate cancer with the VED appears to improve erectile function and penile length. Adverse events are transient and not serious.

CONCLUSIONS: The VED has continued to show efficacy for treatment of ED due to various etiologies and should be considered an attractive second-line therapy. In select cases such post-prostatectomy penile rehabilitation, as well as in men who cannot use a PDE5i, the vacuum device should be considered first-line treatment.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Penile Rehabilitation
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Radical Prostatectomy
  • Vacuum Erection Device

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  • Daniel Brison

  • Allen Seftel

  • Hossein Sadeghi-Nejad

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