Recent advancements in medicine allowed a team of researchers led by Brian Le, professor of urology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to design a penis implant capable of becoming erect when heated to a certain temperature. The study author hopes that the bionic penis will one day be used by injured veterans, cancer survivors, or men exhibiting erectile dysfunction issues all over the world in order to restore impaired reproductive functions and making people feel “whole in their bodies again”.
According to recent findings, approximately 40 percent of men with ages between 40 and 70 display some level of erectile dysfunction. At the same time, roughly one-third of the affected males do not respond to synthetic stimulants, Viagra included, notes the survey. Hence, a penis implant may be the only option these patients have, says Brian Le. Furthermore, the professor says that penile implants are nothing new. However, his design seeks to improve upon other models already available for erectile dysfunction patients.
More primitive penis implants use inflatable pumps, which are tricky to implant, and are awkward to activate, says Brian Le. However, the procedure can leave the patients with permanent damage to the tissues and in some cases individuals are stuck with permanently erect penis, says the team of researchers. Nevertheless, because of the low costs of the operation, patients still seek the malleable devices in developing countries.
Le’s new design, however, uses a nitinol heat-activated exoskeleton. Nitinol is a metal popular for its elasticity. According to Le’s team, the procedure is remarkably simple. Hence, the urologists performing the operation could insert the nitinol with almost no effort. Furthermore, the material remains flaccid at body temperature with the nitinol implant expanding only when a considerable rise is recorded. For that, the team of researchers is still working on a remote-controlled device. In theory, the user could wave the device over the implant in order to induce head, and ultimately cause the penis to become erect.
The new penis implant design is currently undergoing intensive testing. However, the team of researchers will publish the results in the January issue of the journal Urology. If everything goes according to plan, Brian Le predicts the implant will become available in 10 years’ time for commercial use.
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