Patients report problems with sexual function after cervical spine surgery

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Ross Hauser, MD

Problems of cervical instability and diseases of cervical vertebrae often manifest themselves in other symptoms and disorders of the body. This is true with cervical instability and erectile dysfunction.

Doctors at the University of California, San Francisco reported on sexual function problems in patients who underwent cervical spine surgery.

Writing in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, the UCSF researchers documented the following:

Cervical surgery and erectile dysfunction

Treating the problems of cervical instability can treat the problems of erectile dysfunction. In the above research, a myriad of problems for the patients resulted in lower sexual function because of post-surgical outcomes. In past research doctors found that successful cervical surgery, had as a side-effect, improved symptoms of erectile dysfunction.

In our opinion treating cervical neck pain can be effective in helping some patients restore erectile function, however while studies suggest a casual, indirect benefit of cervical surgery on erectile dysfunction, we believe the same results can be achieved with comprehensive Prolotherapy.

This could have been the result of the patient needing fewer pain medications as pain medication use has been associated with erectile dysfunction.

In 2006 Chinese researchers looked at older men who had Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (neck pain).

Waiting for surgery does cause depression and anxiety.

1 Keefe MK, Zygourakis CC, Theologis AA, Canepa E, Shaw JD, Goldman LH. Sexual function after cervical spine surgery: Independent predictors of functional impairment. J Clin Neurosci. 2017 Feb;36:94-101.

2 He S, Hussain N, Zhao J, Fu Q, Hou T. Improvement of sexual function in male patients treated surgically for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Spine. 2006 Jan 1;31(1):33-6.

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