Reducing Penile Atrophy with Vacuum Therapy
Erectile dysfunction and the resulting penile atrophy, which is the loss of tissue length and girth–it’s a topic nobody likes to talk about, but shouldn’t be ignored for many reasons.
When penile function inevitably begins to decline, it has a profound effect on a man’s mental health, relationship, and overall wellbeing.
Erectile Dysfunction affects:
40% of men in their 40s
70% of men in their 70s1
Erectile Dysfunction is caused by reduced blood flow. When aroused, the cavernosal arteries in the penis dilate to allow blood to enter the corpora cavernosa, which is the spongy tissue that forms the bulk of the penis. The arteries are less than a millimetre in diameter and are usually the first to be affected by erectile dysfunction. Penile tissue is very sensitive to blood flow changes. Erectile dysfunction can, overtime, reduce blood flow to the region, reducing tissue health. This results in penile atrophy, the term used for penis shrinkage, which can happen when a man is not getting regular erections throughout the day and night.
Penile atrophy can result from degradation with age, erectile dysfunction, side effects from medication, trauma, stress, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and the list goes on. Whatever the cause, the remedy is often simple: increase blood flow to the penis.
Regular use of Vacuum Therapy using a Vacuum Erection Device can bring oxygenated blood to the tissue on a routine basis.
A Vacuum Erection Device (VED) is used to bring arterial blood flow to the penis through negative pressure. When a VED is used as a rehabilitation tool, it’s called Vacuum Therapy. Studies have shown that using a VED twice a day for 10 minute sessions over 2 weeks can significantly restore size and function.2
Vacuum therapy is also critical for Penile Rehabilitation both pre and post surgery.
1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer3
The treatment for prostate cancer is typically a surgery called a radical prostatectomy. It is highly effective, but typically results in a loss of size and function of the penis. For that reason, both the Prostate Cancer Support Care Centre in Vancouver and the Sexual Health Clinic in Toronto recommend VEDs for patient recovery.
The use of VEDs to increase blood flow, helps to promote the healthy function of penile tissue, which is vital for radical prostatectomy recovery.4
Whether recovering from prostate cancer, unable to take/unresponsive to oral pills/injections or are simply looking to maintain penile health with age, vacuum therapy is a viable option.
The Osbon ErecAid line is the market leading medical grade solution for Penile Rehabilitation and non-surgical treatment of ED. Products are FDA-approved and have a 90% success rate across all patients.
- Hoyland K, Vasdev N, Adshead J. The use of vacuum erection devices in erectile dysfunction after radical prostatectomy. Rev Urol. 2013;15(2):67-71. PMID: 24082845; PMCID: PMC3784970.
- Qian SQ, Qin F, Zhang S, Yang Y, Wei Q, Wang R, Yuan JH. Vacuum therapy prevents corporeal veno-occlusive dysfunction and penile shrinkage in a cavernosal nerve injured rat model. Asian J Androl. 2020 May-Jun;22(3):274-279. doi: 10.4103/aja.aja_57_19. PMID: 31249269; PMCID: PMC7275793.