Frequently Asked Questions
How is the FENIX device implanted?
The FENIX device is placed around the weakened anal sphincter muscles during a surgical procedure. A typical procedure lasts about an hour.
Will I have to do anything to have a bowel movement once the FENIX device has been implanted?
No, the device will open up with the abdominal push required when one has a normal bowel movement. The device is designed to work on its own.
How long will the FENIX device last?
The FENIX device is designed to be a lifelong implant. The FENIX device uses permanent magnets that are designed not to wear out.
Can I go through airport security?
The FENIX device should not affect airport security. All patients will be provided with an implant card to have available in the event an issue arises.
Can I have an MRI?
The FENIX device is considered MR Unsafe. Patients with a FENIX device can safely undergo a wide range of diagnostic imaging tests, including: X-Ray, Ultrasound, PET SCAN and CT Scan. In the event other diagnostic procedures cannot be used and an MRI is required, the FENIX device can be safely removed.
Humanitarian Device: Authorized by the Federal (USA) Law for use in the treatment of fecal incontinence in patients who are not candidates for or have previously failed conservative treatment and less invasive therapy options (e.g., injectable bulking agents, radiofrequency ablation, sacral nerve stimulation). The effectiveness of this device for this use has not been demonstrated.