Penis Pumps

Penis Pumps for Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Los Angeles, CA

a young couple smiling at each other hugging

Penis Pumps are called vacuum erectile devices (VED’s) by our urologists at Comprehensive Urology and we use these devices as a component of a comprehensive treatment plan for both erectile dysfunction (ED) and Peyronie’s Disease treatment. If you’re only using a vacuum erectile device by itself, then you’re missing the greatest benefits of using a penis pump as part of a customized ED treatment that involves an effective combination of treatments. Over the past 20+ years, our team at Comprehensive Urology in Los Angeles has helped countless patients regain their erections and to straighten their bent penis to achieve optimal sexual performance. Let’s take you through the use vacuum therapy as part of your ED treatment plan that can include shockwave therapy for ED. You’re just one appointment away from changing your life.

Table of Contents

Kia Michel, MD

Kia Michel, MD

Written by Dr. Kia Michel, a board certified urologist, surgeon, and founding member of Comprehensive Urology in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Dr. Michel's expertise includes focal therapy (HIFU/TULSA), prostate cancer treatment, robotic surgery, and male enhancement treatments such as Shockwave Therapy for ED and penile injections.

Dr. Michel's Bio

So many men suffer in silence with erectile dysfunction. As a urologist, I understand that addressing erectile issues can be intimidating. But I’ve also had the privilege of witnessing my patients transform a depressing situation into a new bloom in their sex life. Going it alone prevents you from understanding the underlying problems that are causing your issues with sexual performance. Asking for help changes the situation and in one visit to a urologist, you realize that many men are going through the same challenges as you. The first step is a confidential consultation with a profession that understands how our bodies need maintenance over the years in order to maintain optimal sexual health. 

The optimal path is to start with the correct diagnosis for your condition and then receive a customized treatment plan based on a proven combination of therapies. Waiting to address ED can decrease the effectiveness of treatments, especially if your erectile dysfunction is caused by Peyronie’s Disease which often involves a trauma to the penis. Treating Peyronie’s disease or a trauma to the penis in the early, acute stage greatly increases the outcomes in your favor. The sooner a patient comes to see me, the more options we have to correct what is causing their ED. Penis Pumps can also be used as part of a Male Enhancement program that includes penile injections for growth and Scrotox Botox injections into the scrotum. 

In the past, we urologists only had a handful of medications to help our patients. But today, many therapies have been studied that offer hope to our patients. I’ve had great success with many of my patients by combining ED medications with pulse wave therapy for ED and an vacuum erectile device (penis pump). In just 3 months, my male patients come back to me to share how their intimate connection with their partner has grown and how inspired they feel by their enhanced sexual performance. I help my patients unlock their inner fountain of youth. They’re worth it. You’re worth it!

At Comprehensive Urology, each treatment plan is customized to the patient’s individual needs. A basic starting point for most patients would be a package inlcuding 6 sessions of shockwave therapy combined with daily medications, boosters, and a vacuum erectile device for an investment of $3000. The initial consult to our urology team is often covered by insurance along with diagnostic tests such as a Doppler ultrasound. Schedule a time to see us to find out what treatments would best suit your situation. 

Penis Pump Q & A

How a Penis Pump Helps With Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction may make it difficult for a man to get or maintain an erection, as well as reduce a man’s sexual desire. There are many reasons why ED may occur, and these include:

  • Physical: Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other physical conditions have been linked to ED symptoms.
  • Psychological: Depression, anxiety, stress, and other psychological issues may cause ED and other forms of sexual dysfunction.
  • Tobacco Use: Smoking and other tobacco use may restrict blood flow to the veins and arteries, leading to chronic medical conditions that cause ED.
  • Medications: Antidepressants, antihistamines, and other medications may be used to treat high blood pressure, pain, or other medical conditions, but they also may interfere with a man’s ability to get and maintain an erection.
  • Drug and Alcohol Use: Excessive drug and alcohol use may cause long-lasting health problems that contribute to ED.
  • Injury: Past damage to nerves or arteries that control erections may result in ED symptoms.     

A penis pump sometimes provides an effective ED treatment that enables men to maintain an erection that lasts long enough to engage in sexual intercourse. On average, men can use a penis pump to create an erection in less than 3 minutes. A penis pump also provides a non-invasive ED solution with minimal side effects.

How Does a Vacuum Penis Pump Work?

A vacuum penile pump includes three components:

  • Cylinder: A man’s penis is inserted into the cylinder, and air is pumped out of the cylinder to create a vacuum that increases blood flood to the penis’ shaft. This ultimately causes the penis to swell and become erect.
  • Pump: The pump is used in conjunction with the cylinder to create a vacuum that results in an erection. It may be motorized or manual and attached directly to the end of the penis.
  • Tension Band: Also referred to as a constriction ring, the tension band is placed on the cylinder and fastens around the penis. The tension band prevents blood from exiting the penis during an erection.

A penis pump, also known as a vacuum constriction device or an erectile dysfunction pump, is a cylindrical device that is used to get and maintain an erection by drawing blood into the penis with vacuum suction. The pump is a non-invasive, FDA approved treatment option that may be combined with other erectile dysfunction treatments, such as oral medication. Vacuum devices are proven to be effective for men who experience erectile dysfunction as a result of physical or psychological factors.

In most cases, men can typically achieve a full erection within a few minutes of using the vacuum device and can maintain an erection for up to 30 minutes with the assistance of a constriction ring. The ring is placed around the base of the erect penis to maintain penile blood engorgement until after sexual activity.

Many penis pumps are available, and no two pumps are identical. As such, it is important to evaluate a variety of penis pumps to select the right one based on an individual’s ED symptoms.

At CU, our urologists can provide insights into a wide range of vacuum penile pumps. They also can provide vacuum penile pump recommendations and in-depth instructions to teach patients how to use a penis pump.

Who Can Use Vacuum Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

Vacuum devices are often prescribed as an initial treatment option for erectile dysfunction because they are non-invasive and affordable. A penis pump is an ideal option for men who may be experiencing erectile dysfunction as a result of physical factors, such as diabetes, or nerve damage due to spinal cord injury or prostate cancer treatment, or as a result of psychological factors, including performance anxiety. Additionally, men who are ineligible for ED medications, whether due to taking nitrate drugs or alpha blockers, can have success using a vacuum device.

A vacuum device is not advised from those who have significant penile curvature as the cylindrical pump may cause too much strain on the penis. Other conditions in which a vacuum device may be ineffective or even harmful include:

  • Priapism (painful, prolonged erection)
  • Numbed penile sensation due to nerve damage
  • Blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia
  • Use of blood thinning medication

If you are considering erectile dysfunction treatment, it is in your best interest to discuss your concerns and goals with a board-certified urologist with experience treating male sexual dysfunction. There are numerous options available, but it is important to have the insight and guidance of a medical professional to ensure that you achieve the best possible results efficiently and safely.

The Advantages of ED Vacuum Pumps

Compared to other methods for treating impotence, the advantages of vacuum pumps include:

  • Non-Invasive: A penis pump does not require surgery or medication, and it can be used any time a man wants to create an erection during sexual intercourse.
  • Fast Results: Men can use a penis pump to create an erection in just minutes.
  • Easy to Use: A penis pump features a user-friendly design, and it generally won’t take long for a man to learn how to use this device to get and maintain an erection.
  • Affordable: The cost of a penis pump may be lower than the cost associated with ED surgery or medication.
  • Low Maintenance: A penis pump typically requires little to no long-term maintenance and will continue to perform consistently for an extended period of time.
  • Low Risk of Complications: Whereas ED surgery and medications may cause a wide range of immediate and long-term side effects, there are few side effects associated with penis pumps. Additionally, penis pump side effects are usually temporary and disappear on their own.
  • Can Be Combined with Other Erectile Dysfunction Treatments: A penis pump can be used safely in conjunction with surgery, medication, and other ED treatments.
  • Success of 80% or More for Many Men: Research indicates that the majority of ED patients who use a penis pump are satisfied with the results.

A CU urologist can help a patient compare and contrast a penis pump and other ED treatments. Plus, a CU urologist can provide recommendations and insights to help a patient address his ED symptoms both now and in the future.

Risks and Side Effects of Vacuum Constriction Devices

Using a vacuum device can take a bit of trial and error, particularly when it comes to learning how to operate the pump, wearing a constriction ring, and achieving the desired results. As with any medical device, vacuum penis pumps have a degree of risk and can cause the following side effects in some men:

  • Bruising
  • Penile pain
  • Numb or cold sensation
  • Bluish skin tone
  • Petechiae – red dots of blood under the surface of the skin
  • Risk of bleeding when taking blood-thinning medications
  • Risk of blood clots if you have a blood disorder, such as sickle cell anemia
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Sensation of trapped semen
  • Pressure-induced injury

Fortunately, the majority of men who use a prescribed vacuum device do not experience side effects, but may have to adjust to the awkwardness or manual coordination required to achieve an erection. It is not uncommon for men to have to adjust to the fact that a vacuum device erection may not feel like a natural or spontaneous erection, as the skin temperature is usually lower and the base or shaft is not as firm.

It is recommended that men only use a prescription vacuum device to ensure safety and effectiveness. Specially designed penis pumps that are intended for medical use are constructed to reach a limited level of pressure to ensure reduced risk of injury or side effects. Online companies may offer penis pumps that are not effective or safe, so it is important for patients to consult with a board-certified doctor for an FDA approved device.

Other Penis Enhancement Options

  • There is no shortage of companies or products claiming to provide penis enhancement. Unfortunately, many of these not only are a waste of money but can even prove dangerous. By visiting a trained specialist, you can learn what penis enlargement options are possible for you and which to avoid! Below are some of the common ways people try to achieve peris enlargement. However, read thoroughly to understand which options are safe and which are not.
  • Exercises: Penis enhancement exercises often stimulate blood flow to the penis and help increase penis size and girth. While the results are not extreme, this can be a safe way to improve both function and size. Jelqing is one of the most common penis enhancement exercises. It consists of rapid pulling of the penis to increase its length. However, be sure to speak to a specialist before attempting this exercise! Additionally, penis enhancement exercise programs may be used that are tailored to a patient.
  • Stretching: Stretching with weights has been shown to promote penis enlargement. However, this exercise also puts an individual at risk of burst blood vessels and tearing penile tissue. The risks often outweigh the rewards when done without expert input or guidance.
  • Supplements: Various pills and supplements promote male enhancement. Yet these products sometimes fail to help individuals achieve their desired results. Many of them have absolutely no effect, and some can even prove dangerous. You’ve likely seen some of these lining the shelves of gas stations or other unexpected areas. Speak with a specialist before purchasing any pills or supplements that claim to have any benefits (spoiler: many do not).
  • Surgery: Two penis enhancement surgeries are available: lengthening and widening the penis. During a lengthening procedure, a surgeon cuts the ligament that links the penis to the pelvic bone. Doing this allows more of the penis shaft to become visible outside the body. Comparatively, during a widening procedure, a surgeon implants fat, silicone, or tissue grafts. These implants can help address a penis that appears too thin. As with any surgery, there are certain risks with this method of treatment. It is important to speak with a specialist beforehand to fully understand the implications of surgery.  

Comprehensive Urology is your one-stop shop for male cosmetic procedures. We offer:

We look forward to helping to take the next steps in your sexual optimization journey.