Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is characterized as the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Patients in the greater Plano, Dallas, Frisco and Richardson, Texas area suffering from an occasional erection complication should not be concerned, but if it develops into an ongoing complication, patients are encouraged to contact an urologist to determine the correct ED treatment. Dr. Mark Allen offers the AMS Ambicor Penile Implant for patients affected by chronic erectile dysfunction.
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the persistent inability to achieve or maintain penile erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance. ED is not just a medical issue – it can deeply affect relationships and limit intimacy, as well as affect a patient’s self-esteem.
While there are real physical and psychological reasons for ED, there’s no single cause. Common causes of ED include:
- Physical factors such as kidney disease, diabetes, vascular disease and chronic alcoholism
- Chemical factors such as antidepressants, tranquilizers, blood pressure medications and antihistamines
- Psychological factors such as stress, guilt, depression and anxiety
How is Erectile Dysfunction Diagnosed?
Each diagnosis Dr. Allen makes is unique and patient-specific to the problems and needs of the individual patient. Dr. Allen is able to do this by gathering information from a series of places, such as a patient medical review, physical examination and laboratory tests. The combination of these three items will help him diagnose ED and determine the proper ED treatment.
AMS Ambicor Penile Implant as an ED Treatment
Depending on a man’s lifestyle and degree of impotence, each surgical device should be evaluated and considered carefully. An ED treatment option for men with chronic erectile dysfunction and ongoing impotence is the AMS Ambicor Penile Implant. This device is for men with erectile dysfunction (ED) that are seeking a permanent, yet satisfying solution to their condition. Ambicor is ideal for men with good dexterity who want an easier to operate inflatable device.
This penile implant is a uniquely designed two-piece inflatable prosthesis consisting of a pair of cylinders implanted in the penis, and a single pump bulb implanted in the scrotum. A patient can simply squeeze the pump to inflate and bend the penis to deflate the prosthesis.
Once this implant is surgically placed within the penis, Dr. Allen will consult and coach the patient on how to function everyday with this device, and how to use it properly for sexual intercourse.
As with any penile implant device, the AMS Ambicor Penile Implant has its list of advantages and disadvantages that must be considered by each patient:
Advantages of the AMS Ambicor Penile Implant
- Totally hidden and concealed within the body
- Simple to use
- Fast and simple one-step deflation
- Natural flaccidity compared to non-inflatable implant
Disadvantages of the AMS Ambicor Penile Implant
- Requires some manual dexterity
- Possibility of leakage or malfunction
- Flaccidity not as natural as 3-piece device
For additional information on erectile dysfunction (ED), or to determine if the AMS Ambicor Penile Implant is the correct ED treatment for you, please contact Dr. Mark Allen, urologist in the Plano, Dallas, Frisco and Richardson, Texas area.