Last of the red-hot lovers?

I had to laugh at this report from the field of medicine.

About 40 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70 have some level of erectile dysfunction and about a third of them don’t respond to drugs like Viagra.

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The current gold standard is an inflatable pump, but the surgery to implant it can be tricky, involving a reservoir of water and a pump. It can be awkward to use and have complications. A simpler solution is a malleable device, more popular in developing countries because the operation is simple and cheaper. The downside is a permanently erect penis and potential tissue damage.

Le’s solution is a heat-activated exoskeleton of nitinol, a metal known for its superelastic properties and already in use in medical devices used for endovascular surgery.

In this case, the urologist could do a simplified operation to insert the nitinol implant, which remains flaccid at body temperature but can “remember” an expanded shape and return to that shape when heated. Le and collaborators at Southern Illinois University are currently working on a remote-control device that can be waved over the penis, using induction to heat the NiTi a few degrees above body temperature and ratcheting open the alloy prosthesis to expand the penis in length and girth.

There’s more at the link.

The possibilities are endless . . .

  • Don’t stand too near a bonfire or camp fire, for fear of a reaction that might be difficult to explain (particularly if everyone around the camp fire is male).
  • If you lose the remote control device, would a cigarette lighter help?
  • If your partner is frigid, would that negate the device entirely?
  • There’ll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight” just took on an entirely new meaning!

I can foresee hours of potential comic relief out of this . . .



  1. Why not, Old NFO?

    Instead of wifey saying "Not tonight, dear. I have a headache." it will be hubby saying "Not tonight, dear. I'm not feeling hot enough."

  2. using induction . . . and ratcheting open the alloy prosthesis . . .
    Sheila suddenly found her new partner not nearly so appealing as he had been only moments ago.

  3. Not so funny, to me. Prostate surgery, pelvic radiation and now Lupron (google it), have left that kind of academic to me.

  4. You laugh, when I was teaching diabetes education and was discussing reasons for obtaining and maintaining good glucose control of their diabetes was a decrease in potential nerve damage. I would say "ALL the nerves in the body are affected by elevated sugar levels, not just your hands or feet, but other body parts too." They would stop and think, you could just see the light bulb go off. The degree of compliance after that revelation was usually pretty high. Lol.

  5. That would kill the bar-b-que industry, as well as any appetites at such.

    "Here, have some more meat?"

    "No thank you, the sausage is just a bit too much".

  6. I have a shiny new nickel that says despite whatever the official name is everyone will be calling the remote the Peter Heater.

  7. Might be a bit of a "problem" if (as I commonly do) the "user" slept in a relatively-cool or unheated bedroom, and used an electric blanket with a thermostatic control – even the "digital" thermostat ones will run-over just a bit, to compensate for thick bedclothes, pajamas, etc.

    Result (if sleeping on your back or side): Night-time "tentpole" or "turn-indicator" effects…

    Veeery interesting –

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