Saturday, 31 December 2016

Erectile Dysfunction Could Be Treated With Heat-activated Penis Implant

Erectile Dysfunction

The condition affects around 40 per cent of men aged between 40 and 70, but a new implant, which remains flaccid at body temperature but stiffens when heated, could be the answer men suffering with the problem have been looking for.

The implant is made form nitinol - a nickel-titanium alloy - and it expands and becomes erect, increasing penis length and girth.

In the past, erectile dysfunction has been treated with drugs such as Viagra, but around a third of those with the condition don’t respond to these medications.

But now, US scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have come up with a new cure to help men’s performance in the bedroom, and announced the successful testing of the implant in November.

Lead author, Brian Le, says they are currently working on a remote-controlled heating device that can be waved over the penis to activate it.

Erectile Dysfunction

“We’re hoping that, with a better device, a better patient experience, and a simpler surgery, more urologists would perform this operation, and more patients would want to try the device,” said Le.

“It’s a survivorship issue - restoring function can help people feel whole in their bodies again.”

At present, few surgical options to cure the condition are available.

The most commonly used product is an inflatable pump, but this can be difficult to use resulting in complications.

An alternative surgical implant which is sometimes used leaves men with a permanently erect penis.

But this comes with the risk of tissue damage.

Erectile Dysfunction

Nat Hawes, author of Nature Cures, said Citrulline-rich foods - such as cucumber - can help to “improve erectile dysfunction in men suffering from low blood pressure” as well as helping the body to overcome fatigue and stress.

Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at, said: “Citrulline in foods and supplements may indeed help with erectile dysfunction.

“Citrulline is converted in the body into another amino acid called arginine, which then converts into nitric oxide.

“Nitric oxide helps the blood vessels to relax, improving blood flow - including to the genitals.”



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