Tiger Woods has had another back surgery, this time to alleviate pain in his back and leg. Woods made the announcement via his website.
This is the fourth surgery on Woods back. The operation was performed by Dr. Richard Guyer of the Center for Disc Replacement at the Texas Back Institute.
“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 to give the nerve the best chance of healing.
“After he recovers from surgery, he will gradually begin his rehabilitation until he is completely healed,” Guyer said. “Once that’s accomplished, his workouts will be geared to allowing him to return to competitive golf.”
Woods will now rest for several weeks, then begin therapy and treatment. While each procedure and case is unique, patients typically return to full activity in about six months.
“I would like to thank all the fans for staying in touch and their kind wishes,” Woods said. “The support I have received has never waned, and it really helps.”
Woods, 41, hasn’t played tournament golf since the Dubtai Desert Classic in February. He withdrew after one round with back spasms.
He missed the Masters and most likely will miss the remaining three majors this year based on his Doctor’s statement.
On Tuesday this week at the ceremony announcing a new course design, Woods was asked about his back to which he replied, “It is progressing. I have good days and bad days.”