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J Urol. 1993 Feb;149(2):290-4.

Long-term results with vacuum constriction device.

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Division of Urology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio 78284-7845.


From November 1985 to April 1990, 216 consecutive patients were treated with the vacuum constriction device. Patients were mailed an initial questionnaire (group 1) and a long-term questionnaire (group 2) at a median followup of 3 and 29 months, respectively. Of 202 available patients 161 in group 1 (75%) and 115 in group 2 (57%) responded. Regular use of the vacuum constriction device was reported by 69% group 1 and 70% group 2 patients. patient and partner satisfaction was 82% and 87% in group 1, and 84% and 89% in group 2, respectively. There were no significant differences between the groups with respect to regular use and patient or partner satisfaction (p < 0.05). Quality of erection was evaluated for hardness, length and circumference, and with satisfaction greater than 90% in both groups. Median times per month of successful intercourse were 1, 4 and 4 for the year before, during and after obtaining the vacuum constriction device in group 2. Also, 79% of the patients in group 2 reported a statistically significant increase in the frequency of intercourse per month in the first year, which was sustained beyond the first year in 77% (p < 0.01). Our results support the efficacy of the vacuum constriction device for the treatment of impotence. Overall regular use rates as well as patient and partner satisfaction appear to be high. Furthermore, excellent initial results appear durable in most patients.

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