Heat-Activated Penis Implant: A Solution to a Hard Problem?

Brian Le hopes his new twist on the penile implant will appeal to a growing market.

Le, a faculty member in the department of urology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, wants to restore erectile function in men using a new, heat-activated metal called nitinol — a nickel-titanium alloy known for its elastic properties.

Le’s implant is essentially a nitinol exoskeleton that remains flaccid at body temperature, but expands when heated by just a few degrees. The nitinol scaffold “remember

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