Retrograde Ejaculation

This occurs only in men. During sex, sperm and semen go backwards into the bladder rather than out through the penis. This usually resolves several months after surgery. When permanent, sperm can be retrieved by a urologist to allow for child bearing. This condition does not interfere with erections or sexual enjoyment. This is a rare complication from spinal surgery where an anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is peformed at L5-S1.


A physician who specializes in radiographic medicine. He or she performs and interprets studies such as CT scans, x-rays, MRI’s, etc. They will contact your physician if there are any concerning findings.

Radicular Pain

Pain which travels along the course of a nerve, usually due to compression of that nerve.