Circumferential Penile Electrodes for Chronic Pelvic Pain
What are Circumferential Penile Electrodes?
Circumferential Penile Electrodes electrodes are specifically designed to be worn around the penis for use with an electrotherapy device. Essentially they provide the gateway whereby an electrical signal is passed for therapeutic or sexual result. They are sold as a set of two electrodes with an un-stretched inner diameter of 2 inches.
What medical conditions are they used for?
A 2013 study conducted byRefractory chronic pelvic pain syndrome in men: can transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation help?”. The clinical trial followed 60 men who suffered from chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) who’s average age was 46.9 years. The study found that 48% of the trials participants had a positive effect after 12 weeks of TENS treatment and the positive effect was sustained for 43.6 months on follow-up for 21 of those patients. Further results had also shown the majority of the patients treated had positive effects as well. The majority of the remaining patient felt pleased or delighted with the effects. No adverse events were reported.
What was the protocol used in the trial?
Patients treated themselves at home for 30 minutes, using a TENS device twice per day at 80 Hz, 150 µs at the sensory threshold level.
While circumferential electrodes are not the only type of electrodes that can be used in pelvic pain TENS application, these electrodes that have a stretchy band to help increased comfort and approximation of the treating surface can allow easy re-use of the electrode and direct placement over the penile tissues. One of 2 leads and electrodes could be used depending on location and extent of pain, and depending on patient preference.
What is the Cleaning Procedure:
This electro-band sensor should be cleaned before the first use and immediately after each subsequent use. Wash and lather your hands with soap and flowing luke-warm water in the sink, then gently apply the same lather to the electro-band sensor and wash it thoroughly. Completely rinse hands and then gently wipe the electro-band sensor of all soap and residue with a damp clean cloth or paper towel. To wipe the electro-band dry, use a dry clean cloth or dry paper towel. Allow the electro-band to air-dry and when you are sure it is completely dry, store the electro-band in the original packaging. Do not use abrasive cleaners on the electro-band sensor. Do not expose the electro-band sensor to high temperatures. Do not submerge or use the electro-band in water. Do not get the electro-band sensor or band wet. Do not attempt to sterilize the electro-band or the electro-band sensor by any method.