Recovery Time From Microdiscectomy?
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/3/14
Tiger Woods is not the only PGA Tour player to have undergone a microdiscectomy; blogger Geoff Shackelford reminds us that up-and-coming Canadian player Graham DeLaet underwent the same surgery on January 3, 2011 to alleviate back pain from an old hockey injury.
Some of the salient details from a January, 2012 interview follow:
Q: After the surgery, how long before you were able to pick up a club??
Knowing that every golfer is physically different, DeLaet's comments are especially noteworthy considering that Dr. Ara Suppiah thought that Tiger could be back as soon as the PGA Championship in August. That is just four months from now.
And given Tiger's age (38) and the incredible amount of strain and injuries he and his back have suffered throughout his career, a four-month recovery seems a bit too optimistic to this writer.
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Image via Twitter, Graham DeLaet
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"a four-month recovery seems a bit too optimistic to this writer"
Where is Walter Cronkite when you just need the facts?
Tor I like everything you do for the site and your articles but you must realize that even the same surgery can have completly different recovery timelines. Maybe Delaet had other complications, or it was at a different spot in his back? Maybe there has been advances in the technology to allow for a shorter recovery? There are a multitude of factors we dont know about, and even if we did I'm not sure many of us have the medical knowledge to comment on their effect on recovery time (I know I dont).
Ok, of the last 6 articles posted here, 4 of them are about Tiger. The poll on the left is also about Tiger. And the promotional article on the right is featuring Tiger.
That about does it for me. It's been fun guys.
Torleif Sorenson says:
DaRupp13: Easy, big fella; totally different poll question tomorrow, plus I'll have Nabisco coverage tomorrow morning. Things change all the time.
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