What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is a condition which affects a man’s ability to achieve and maintain an erection. This may be due to blood vessel damage, tissue damage, or problems with nerve communication to the penis. Inflammation can also cause erectile dysfunction, as can circulatory disorders but where structures remain intact it is usually possible to address impotence without surgery. On occasion, erectile dysfunction is a consequence of certain medications such as antidepressants, antihistamines, and even antacids which may not immediately spring to mind when considering the cause of the condition. Some patients with erectile dysfunction also experience acute groin pain, and even leg pain, upon achieving an erection which further affects their sexual health and wellbeing.
Lumbar Spinal Surgery and Erectile Dysfunction
Spinal cord compression and pinched nerves can both contribute to erectile dysfunction and sexual difficulties. Back surgery for erectile dysfunction will likely involve decompression procedures such as discectomy, corpectomy, or foraminotomy and may be appropriate in the lumbar spine or other spinal regions. He, et al (2006), looked at surgeries performed on patients with cervical spondylosis causing myelopathy and observed the improvement in male patients’ sexual function after their operations. The Shanghai physicians noted that such spinal cord compression is common in the elderly and is a frequently cited cause of sexual dysfunction that can be addressed through back surgery. They also acknowledged that, although many studies measure neurologic improvements as a primary outcome of back surgery, few trials specifically address the benefits of such surgery for sexual dysfunction. In their study, twenty-two patients were assessed prior to surgery on the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) and then assessed after surgery with a focus on the presence of reflexogneic and psychogenic erection (or the absence thereof).
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