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Vacuum Erection Devices FAQ’s


How do Vacuum Erection Devices work?

Do Vacuum Erection Devices really work?

What if my vacuum device is not working?

Can I use the VED in combination with other treatment methods?

What is Penile Vacuum Therapy?

How do I conduct a Penile Vacuum Therapy session?

Will my Insurance pay for the Vacuum Erection Device?

Are there precautions in using the vacuum device?


How do Vacuum Erection Devices work?

An erection is caused by an increase in blood flow to the penis when a man is sexually aroused. Vacuum therapy creates an erection by placing the penis in a plastic cylinder and applying a gentle vacuum to draw blood into the penis. This process engorges the penis that creates the erection. The erection is maintained by a specially designed tension ring that is transferred by the patient from the device to the base of the penis. The tension band will hold the erection for 30 minutes and should not be worn over 30 minutes.

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Do Vacuum Erection Devices really work?

The vacuum device is 90% effective regardless of the cause of impotence. The VED works even when other medications fail. Most failures are caused by improper use of the device. See “What if my vacuum device does not work?” if you are experiencing problems or e-mail us confidentially at info@reachmedical.com for answers to user problems.

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What if my vacuum device is not working?

Most failures are due to improper use. However, the device will not work for a small percentage of men who may be sensitive to the vacuum pressure or who may be anatomically restricted. Common mistakes include; not using the proper lubricant or amount of lubricant, allowing enough time for penile engorgement, or using the wrong tension band. Using the right lubricant is a critical part of the process. Use a generous amount of water based lubricant like K-Y Jelly or FemGlide on the pubic hair and on the penile shaft. The lubricant aids in maintaining the vacuum seal through hair and skin which is necessary for engorgement and allows the penis expansion in the cylinder. Do not use a petroleum-based product for the vacuum process and try to keep as much lubricant as possible off the testicles.

Maintaining vacuum level is another common mistake. The maximum vacuum one should use is the amount tolerable without experiencing pain or discomfort. The erection does not always engorge at the same time vacuum is increased. The maximum tolerable vacuum should be maintained until the penis becomes fully engorged. This process may take a few minutes. Transfer the band to the base of the penis while the vacuum is still applied. Losing vacuum before the band is transferred can cause a loss of engorgement. The tension ring should be tight enough to hold the erection during intercourse, but should not be worn over 30 minutes. You may have to experiment with different size bands to find the proper tension required for your success. Some men experience excessive venous and require a special high-tension ring. See parts and accessories for ordering information. If you are a customer and have questions regarding the use of your vacuum device, e-mail us at info@reachmedical.com for professional assistance.

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Can I use the vacuum device with other therapies?

Vacuum devices are currently being used in combination with other treatment therapies such as oral medications, supplements, injections and others to improve their marginal performance. The pump can be used to improve partial erections and the tension ring can help prevent losing erections prematurely during intercourse. Recent studies have shown using the device as a therapy can help increase the performance of oral medications. This includes using the device in therapy sessions to improve blood flow to the penis.

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What is Penile Vacuum Therapy?

Penile Vacuum Therapy is using the device in therapy sessions by intermittently drawing and releasing vacuum to the penis to increase blood flow to that area. This is done with out using the tension band. Performing regular therapy sessions may help open penile arteries and can possibly restore naturally elasticity. This exercise therapy has proven to increase men’s response to erectile medications.

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How do I conduct a Penile Vacuum Therapy session?

Tension bands are not used during PVT. Place the vacuum device over the penis. Be sure to use an adequate amount of water-based lubricant to maintain an airtight seal. Begin to apply vacuum to a comfortable maximum level. Hold the vacuum between thirty seconds and one minute and then release. Wait for at least ten seconds after the vacuum is released and repeat the process. Continue the session for no more than ten minutes, three to five times a week. Perform no more than one session during the course of a day. Try your erectile medication again after a month of therapy. It may take several weeks or months to notice improvement in medications depending on your condition.

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Does Insurance pay for vacuum erection devices?

Some insurance companies cover vacuum erection devices under durable medical equipment. Usually, a letter of medical necessity is required from your Physician. Reach Medical, Inc. will provide a written receipt for your order that you may use to apply for reimbursement from your insurance company. Medicare Part B patients are covered. HMO Medicare Patients are not covered. As a courtesy, Reach Medical, Inc. will make arrangements through an independent Medicare Provider to bill your Medicare for the vacuum erection device. Click here for more information if you have Medicare.

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Are there precautions in using the vacuum device?

Vacuum erection devices are a very safe method for treating impotence. The tension band is not to be worn over (30) thirty minutes. The blood must return to the body after thirty minutes. Patients with sickle cell anemia or who take MAO inhibitors should consult with a Physician before use.

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