One Benefit Of Back Surgery? Better Sex!
Surgery for back pain can often improve patients’ sex lives, researchers report.
“The impetus behind our study was to initiate the process of understanding how back surgery affects patients’ lives,” wrote the researchers led by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Shane Burch, from the University of California, San Francisco.
“An important aspect for many patients includes sex life,” the researchers said.
The study included 825 patients with degenerative spinal disease. Of those, 531 underwent some kind of surgery while 294 received nonsurgical treatment.
Before treatment, 55 percent of the patients said they had back pain that affected lovemaking.
Three months after treatment, less than 20 percent of surgery patients still had back pain during sex, compared with 40 percent of those who had nonsurgical therapy, the study found.
The improvement among back surgery patients lasted through…