How the AMS Ambicor Penile Implant Works
The AMS Ambicor Implant is a fluid-filled device that includes a pair of cylinders implanted in the penis and a single pump located in the scrotum. Squeezing and releasing the pump moves fluid to the cylinders, creating an erection.
When inflated, your penis will be stiff and rigid like a natural erection and your erection will last as long as you desire. Typically, ejaculation and sensation will feel similar to how they felt before the implant.1 Your implant will be completely undetectable and no one will know unless you tell them—even in the locker room.
Using Your Implant
Your Implant Design
The prosthesis is a closed, saline-filled system consisting of 3 components: a reservoir, a pair of cylinders implanted in the corpora cavernosa, and a pump implanted in the scrotum (Figure 1). Kink-resistant tubing connects the components, which are made from silicone elastomer.
The prosthesis is a closed, saline-filled system consisting of two components: a pair of cylinders implanted in the corpora cavernosa and a pump implanted in the scrotum (Figure 1). Kink-resistant tubing connects the components, which are made from silicone elastomer.
B. Pump bulb
Inflating Your Implant
- Squeeze and release the pump bulb several times. This will transfer fluid from the reservoirs located at the proximal end of the cylinders to the main portion of the cylinders, creating an erection.
Deflating Your Implant
- Bend your penis to an angle of 55°–65°.
- Hold it there for 6–12 seconds.
- Return the penis to a horizontal position. This will return the fluid to the reservoirs and your penis will relax into a soft, flaccid and natural-looking state.
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Penile Implant Risks
As with any medical procedure, complications can occur. You can find an overview of the risks of a Boston Scientific penile implant below, but individuals are recommended to talk to their doctor about the risks and benefits associated with each device.
Side effects include, but are not limited to: 2
- Natural or spontaneous erections as well as other interventional treatment options will no longer be possible
- Infection, in which case the implant may have to be removed
- Pain, which is typically associated with the healing process
- Mechanical failure of the implant
Resources and Support
1. Penile Implants-Erectile Dysfunction. Sex Health Matters Website: https://www.sexhealthmatters.org/erectile-dysfunction/penile-implants-erectile-dysfunction/P7. Accessed December 3, 2014.
2. AMS Ambicor™ Penile Prosthesis Instructions for Use. American Medical Systems, Inc. 2016.