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VAXAID vs SOMAERECT

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Posted 12 Feb 2019 at 12:10

I had RP surgery which was bilateral nerve sparing about 12 weeks ago.  Initially all was ok regarding erections but recently they have flopped following surgery to cure a stricture.  Yesterday I saw the consultant and the recommended a  use of a vacuum device in particular either a VAXAID or SOMAERECT.  I have reviewed the devices on the web but was looking for user feedback on these two options?  The consultant described the VAXAID as a Ford Focus and the SOMARECT as  a Masserati. Does this ring true?

 

Martin 

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Posted 12 Feb 2019 at 12:10

I had RP surgery which was bilateral nerve sparing about 12 weeks ago.  Initially all was ok regarding erections but recently they have flopped following surgery to cure a stricture.  Yesterday I saw the consultant and the recommended a  use of a vacuum device in particular either a VAXAID or SOMAERECT.  I have reviewed the devices on the web but was looking for user feedback on these two options?  The consultant described the VAXAID as a Ford Focus and the SOMARECT as  a Masserati. Does this ring true?

 

Martin 

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Posted 12 Feb 2019 at 13:46
I’ve had a SomaErect response 2 for nearly four years now. It’s really excellent , fits well and easy to use with one hand. Also quick to dismantle and clean. The rings supplied were all rubbish but they had new stretchy improved ones which are amazing.

If life gives you lemons , then make lemonade

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Posted 12 Feb 2019 at 13:46
I’ve had a SomaErect response 2 for nearly four years now. It’s really excellent , fits well and easy to use with one hand. Also quick to dismantle and clean. The rings supplied were all rubbish but they had new stretchy improved ones which are amazing.

If life gives you lemons , then make lemonade

User
Posted 12 Feb 2019 at 14:44

Thanks for the reply.  Did you manage to get it on NHS prescription? Also did you get help from a nurse at an Erectile Dysfunction clinic on how to use it?  I had my surgery done privately but since retirement I have lost my BUPA cover. Hence I am not linked into the NHS support.  The consultant said I could just buy one off the web but I have my doubts about how easy it would be without instruction.  What did you do?  

User
Posted 12 Feb 2019 at 15:36
Hello again. Yes I got the whole kit on prescription with a usage video. We have an ED clinic here in Southampton but to be fair it was one young man and he didn’t seem that proactive tbh. My pump came from a company called imedicare.com and they sent a rep to clinic to demonstrate its use. I kid you not it was Marilyn Monroe sat in a chair in front of me stood naked. And she had heels and red lippy on lol. The pump is easy once you get the hang of it. I tended to use it for penile maintenance rather than sex and I think it saved the day. Strangely my area wouldn’t prescribe Cialis though and I had to scrap for that

If life gives you lemons , then make lemonade

User
Posted 12 Feb 2019 at 16:11
My hospital (billion-pound super hospital on PFI finance) said they couldn’t finance a SOMAerect pump, but but gave me a brochure for one and said ‘ask your GP’.

They cost £160 odd and the GP will give me a script for one, but I wonder if they do a tube small enough to fit what the surgeon left me with........😉😂🤣

Your GP should do the same for you regardless of where you had your surgery.

Cheers, John.

User
Posted 12 Feb 2019 at 16:27

Love that image of the sales rep.  Made my chuckle which is good as you need some laughs in this business.

User
Posted 12 Feb 2019 at 17:30
Some CCGs have made a decision not to fund vacuum pumps even though NICE says you should be prescribed one on the NHS as a prostatectomy patient. So definitely worth asking your GP for a prescription and being armed with a) the NICE guidelines b) the recommendation of your surgeon and c) the NHS prescription code for your preferred device. You can find the code easily by searching the internet pharmacies. Check whether your preferred pump comes with rings or whether you need a separate NHS code. You may also be able to get the lube on px but our view was that KY jelly is reasonably cheap so it would have been immoral to expect the NHS to pay for that as well.

John had the Erecaid Esteem which is probably a Jaguar to the Ford Escort in terms of one handed pumping and ease of ring transfer.

Most come with a DVD or you can find instruction videos on YouTube.

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

User
Posted 14 Feb 2019 at 17:30

Tried  the GP to no avail; his response was that the CCG will not sanction the cost.  Anyway I will invest some of my tax free cash from the pension in buying one.   I will check out the videos on YouTube.  Funny that I use YouTube videos to fix every other problem in the house so maybe it could useful here.

User
Posted 14 Feb 2019 at 19:22
Honestly, if you are buying it yourself, I would look at some of the more basic ones on sex toy websites first to see how you go. The bathmate seems to get good reports.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

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Posted 15 Feb 2019 at 12:14

I have copied links below from amazon of what I use. I added the insert because it is softer and more comfortable. You may need to trim it. The pump comes with a squeezy ball type pump which soon becames ineficient so I got the scissor grip one. The pump also comes with a ring which is rubbish, so you will need to get others if you want.

 

I dont know how to make the links work properly so you will need to copy them to your browser.

 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pipedream-Pump-Worx-Potent-Black/dp/B005EILA1G/ref=gp_aw_ybh_a_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=4X5D34XDQ8142FY27WMT

 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/You2Toys-Transparent-Replacement-Cuff-Pumps/dp/B004D755GU/ref=pd_aw_fbt_img_2/257-6491659-0966014?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B004D755GU&pd_rd_r=0c552ce1-25f3-11e9-bc3f-c119fe0d879a&pd_rd_w=cBAC7&pd_rd_wg=HqZDk&pf_rd_p=829773a1-0532-4117-a22f-5a653a869422&pf_rd_r=EYNNR36078DTPBS0Q8WA&psc=1&refRID=EYNNR36078DTPBS0Q8WA

 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B001LYZ5RC/ref=ppx_yo_mob_b_post_ship_o0_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Cheers Bill

Edited by member 15 Feb 2019 at 15:26  | Reason: Not specified

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Posted 15 Feb 2019 at 13:53
Bill, just click on the edit button at the side of your post, put your cursor at the end of each hyperlink and click enter ... then save.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

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Posted 15 Feb 2019 at 15:28

Sorted thanks. Every day's a school day 😊

 
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