Scientists develop heat-activated ‘bionic penile implant’ to treat erectile dysfunction
A new prosthesis is promising relief to patients of erectile dysfunction with their heat-activated penile implant. The US researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison claim to have completed successful testing of the implant. The team believes that it can offer betterment in quality of life to 50 percent of men between 40-70 years age group who suffer erectile dysfunction at one or other stage of their lives.
The team used nitinol – a nickel-titanium alloy to develop this penile implant. The metal possesses super-elastic properties. The implant requires insertion into the penis via surgical means. It remains flaccid all the time at room temperature.
We demonstrated that an Ni-Ti-based prosthesis can produce the mechanical forces necessary for producing a simulated erection without the need for a pump or reservoir, comparable with existing prostheses,
the scientists wrote in the journal Urology.
Take a look at the video for a better understanding of how warmth triggers erection that is resistance to external stress.
Now,researchers are preparing a remote-controlled heating device to trigger erection.
Reportedly, current surgical options include inflatable pump, which comes with complications. Another implant that is currently available leaves men with a big trouble – permanent erection. These scientists are claiming to provide relief from such disadvantages.