Another setback for the legendary golfer.
Don’t expect to see Tiger Woods playing in a tournament anytime soon.
The 41-year-old golfer announced this afternoon that he has undergone a successful back surgery with a recovery time of about six months.
Woods, a 14-time Major champion, likely won’t play in any of golf’s big tournaments this year. He hadn’t played competitively since February.
From his release:
“The surgery went well, and I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain,” Woods said. “When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long.”
Due to previous herniations and three surgeries, Woods’ bottom lower-back disc severely narrowed, causing sciatica and severe back and leg pain. Conservative therapy, which included rehabilitation, medications, limiting activities and injections, failed as a permanent solution, and Woods opted to have surgery. The procedure was a minimally invasive Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS ALIF) at L5/S1. The surgery entailed removing the damaged disc and re-elevating the collapsed disc space to normal levels. This allows the one vertebrae to heal to the other. The goal is to relieve the pressure on the nerve and to give the nerve the best chance of healing.
Woods will now rest for “several weeks.”
It’s possible we won’t see him playing in another tournament until 2018.