Tiger Woods undergoes successful back surgery

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 26: Tiger Woods hits from the fifteenth hole tee on the South Course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course on January 26, 2017. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
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According to an official statement released by TigerWoods.com on Thursday afternoon, Tiger Woods has gone under the knife once again. This time around, the once heralded golfer underwent a successful procedure on his back in order to “alleviate ongoing pain in his back and leg.”

“The surgery went well, and I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain,” said Woods, via the aforementioned statement. “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.”

The successful surgical procedure was notably performed by Dr. Richard Guyer of the Center for Disc Replacement at the Texas Back Institute.

“After he recovers from surgery, he will gradually begin his rehabilitation until he is completely healed,” said Guyer. “Once that’s accomplished, his workouts will be geared to allowing him to return to competitive golf.

“If you are going to have single-level fusion, the bottom level is the best place for it to occur. Some individuals are born with one less vertebrae, which would be similar to someone who had a single-level fusion.”

While now slated to rest for several weeks and then begin therapy en route to a possible comeback, the 41-year-old Woods could return to golf-related activities in approximately six months.

“I would like to thank all the fans for staying in touch and their kind wishes,” Woods added. “The support I have received has never waned, and it really helps.”

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