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Will a spine surgery harm the ejaculation system?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Use of rhbmp (infuse), a chemical device to stimulate bone has been associated with retrograde ejaculation when used in low back fusions done from the front (anterior inter body fusion).
Talk to your surgeon about options.

In brief: Depends

Use of rhbmp (infuse), a chemical device to stimulate bone has been associated with retrograde ejaculation when used in low back fusions done from the front (anterior inter body fusion).
Talk to your surgeon about options.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
The use of rhBMP is associated with retrograde ejaculation in the studies of ALIF with rhBMP and LT cages via the anterior approach. rhBMP is most likely not that source, but rather the surgical approach.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Anterior approach

Anterior approach to lumbar spine can cause retrograde ejaculation .
50% for laproscopic anterior fusions open is around six percent. Cant be completly avoided not a risk for back approaches.

In brief: Anterior approach

Anterior approach to lumbar spine can cause retrograde ejaculation .
50% for laproscopic anterior fusions open is around six percent. Cant be completly avoided not a risk for back approaches.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Chintan Sampat
If you are a young male, one option is to bank sperm in a sperm bank prior to surgery so you still have the option to have children later. Discuss alternative surgical approach (such as a posterior or lateral approach) if you are concerned about this.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It may

It depends on the nature of the surgery, the part of the spine involved, and how the surgeon gets there.
The lowest disk in the body (l5s1) approached from the front is the one associated with retrograde ejaculation (sperm goes into the bladder, so the climax is dry), but it can occur with other low back disks.

In brief: It may

It depends on the nature of the surgery, the part of the spine involved, and how the surgeon gets there.
The lowest disk in the body (l5s1) approached from the front is the one associated with retrograde ejaculation (sperm goes into the bladder, so the climax is dry), but it can occur with other low back disks.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: Only anterior

An anterior approach can rarely cause retrograde ejaculation problems.

In brief: Only anterior

An anterior approach can rarely cause retrograde ejaculation problems.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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