Hello Cowgirl, good to see you back.
Sometimes a note from the surgeon helps with the insurance. Insurance companies don't like to pay for erection aids but will usually pay for a pump to help with rehabilitation after a covered surgery.
The better (approved durable medical device) pumps are designed to limit the vacuum so they won't hurt the user (won't injure him) but they will definitely hurt him (in the ouch, darn it! sense) especially if the user is inexperienced or in a hurry. There are a number of things that can help with the discomfort but the main thing is to go slow. If it is a manual pump he should pump a couple of strokes and then wait a few seconds before the next couple of strokes. If it's electric he should run the pump for a few seconds then wait for results before turning it back on. The idea is to draw blood into the penis which takes some time. Pumping faster just tries to pull the whole package into the tube and that can definitely hurt. He can also try using more or less lube on the tube. More of the (water-based) lubricant will give a better seal but will also make scrotal skin more likely to be pulled in if he hurries.
If he does everything right and things go perfectly... it may still hurt a little bit. At the risk of being a bit graphic, the tube is longer than he is and when he reaches his goal things may stretch uncomfortably. Circumcised men may tend to run out of skin. Most men learn not to mind this pain. It's how you know you have gotten where you need to be -- the burn of success.
Give him time to "work on it". It's frustrating at first.
Slow PSA rise 2007-2012: 1.4=>8
4 bxs 2010-2012:
1)neg (some inflammation),
3)positive 1 of 14 GS6(3+3) 3-4%, 2nd opinion GS7(3+4)
Mild Pre-op ED
DaVinci RRP 6/14/12. left nerve spared
Path: pT3a pN0 R1 GS9(4+5) Pos margins on rt
Start 24 mo ADT3 7/26/12
Adjuvant IMRT 66.6 Gy 10/17/12 - 12/13/12
Leaky but better, Trimix, VEDForum Moderator - Not a Medical Professional
Post Edited (PeterDisAbelard) : 6/28/2013 7:54:46 AM (GMT-6)