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KCUC Designated as an AMS 700 Center of Excellence


Male impotence is a very personal topic. Because of that, many men suffer in silence. At KCUC, we understand. We offer many options for men who suffer from erectile dysfunction. Our physicians are experts at finding a solution. In fact, KCUC has been designated an AMS 700 Center of Excellence This designation recognizes the KCUC team, and specifically Nate Ballek, MD, for his expertise with the AMS 700 IPP and sincere commitment to changing the lives of patients suffering from erectile dysfunction.

What Is the AMS 700?

The AMS 700 is an inflatable penile prosthesis. Created as a long-term treatment option
for patients with erectile dysfunction (ED), the AMS 700, manufactured by Boston Scientific, is an implantable prosthesis designed for ease of use. It delivers a natural look and feel that can help patients resume sexual intimacy with their partners. It is currently used in urology practices throughout the U.S. and around the world. To date, more than 500,000 AMS 700 IPPs have been sold worldwide.

What Does The AMS 700 Center of Excellence Designation Mean?

The Center of Excellence designation recognizes the achievement of program requirements, including experience with implanting the AMS 700 and commitment to continuously educating patients and the community about erectile dysfunction and available treatment options.​

“Being designated as an AMS 700 Center of Excellence is an important recognition for us and further supports our efforts to deliver treatment options for ED patients in the Kansas City area,” said Dr. Nate Ballek. “Patients often wonder how the implant will affect their sex life. The AMS 700 is a unique solution that allows patients to be spontaneous again and is reliable with no medication side effects or ongoing costs. In one study evaluating the AMS 700, 95% of patients and 90% of partners reported satisfaction with sexual intercourse.”

Erectile Dysfunction Is a Common Problem

Contrary to popular belief, ED isn’t an uncommon issue. ED is estimated to affect more than half of men between 40 and 70 years old to some degree. As men age, the likelihood of experiencing ED tends to increase, but it’s not exclusive to older demographics. Erectile dysfunction is often a multifaceted issue with a variety of underlying causes. While it’s commonly associated with aging, several other factors can contribute to or exacerbate ED:

  • Physical Health Conditions: Chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and obesity can interfere with blood flow and nerve function, impacting erectile function.
  • Psychological Factors: Mental health issues like anxiety, depression, stress, and low self-esteem can significantly affect sexual performance. Psychological factors can create a cycle where ED leads to increased anxiety or stress, worsening the condition.
  • Lifestyle Choices: Unhealthy habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, drug abuse, and a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to erectile dysfunction by affecting blood circulation and overall health.
  • Medications: Certain medications, including those prescribed for high blood pressure, depression, and prostate conditions, may have side effects that interfere with erectile function.
  • Hormonal Imbalance: Fluctuations in hormone levels, particularly testosterone, can impact sexual desire and performance.

Understanding the specific underlying cause of ED is crucial for effective treatment. Consulting with one of our board-certified urologists can help to determine the most suitable course of action based on individual circumstances.

ED Can Impact Relationships and Intimacy

Beyond its physical manifestations, erectile dysfunction can have profound emotional and relational consequences. Intimacy is a fundamental aspect of romantic relationships, and when ED enters the picture, it can strain even the strongest bonds:

  • Communication Breakdown: The inability to achieve or maintain an erection can lead to feelings of embarrassment, shame, and inadequacy. Many men struggle to discuss their ED with their partners, fearing judgment or rejection. This lack of communication can create distance and misunderstandings in the relationship.
  • Diminished Confidence: Erectile dysfunction can erode a man’s confidence and self-esteem, affecting not only his performance in the bedroom but also his overall sense of masculinity. This diminished confidence can spill over into other areas of life, impacting work, social interactions, and mental well-being.
  • Loss of Intimacy: Intimacy goes beyond physical closeness; it encompasses emotional connection, trust, and vulnerability. When ED interferes with sexual intimacy, couples may experience a loss of connection and closeness. This can lead to feelings of loneliness, frustration, and resentment on both sides.
  • Relationship Strain: The strain caused by erectile dysfunction can put a significant burden on relationships. Unresolved issues surrounding ED may lead to arguments, withdrawal, or even the breakdown of the relationship if left unaddressed.

Don’t let ED limit your intimacy, affect your self-esteem, or negatively impact a relationship. To learn more about the AMS 700 inflatable penile prosthesis, visit www.bostonscientific.com/AMS700 or EDCure.org. Or contact one of the over 30 KCUC Urology and Oncology locations throughout Kansas and Missouri to schedule an appointment. Congratulations to Dr. Ballek for all of his hard work and dedication. At KCUC, you see the best in KC.