Dr Raji Kooner, Specialist Urologist at Sydney Prostate Cancer Centre discusses Erectile Dysfunction and treatments, including the Vacuum Erection Device. Read More
- External Vacuum therapy is a proven, safe way to treat Erectile Dysfunction, or impotence. However, some patients should not use the device. These include:
- Men with previous history of spontaneous priapism (an erection that lasts more than four hours). This may be extremely painful and may cause permanent damage to the penis.
- Men how have sickle cell trait or disease, or hypercoagulability (excessive blood clotting) are more likely susceptible to suffer from priapism.
- Men who have a bleeding disorder or who bruise easily. Use of a vacuum device may cause painful bruising of the penis in these men.
- For the general population, there is no inherent or significant risk in properly using a vacuum device. Misuse of the device or tension rings, however, may result in painful or permanent injury to the penis. Users should therefore read and follow instructions very carefully.