Tiger Wood will not be returning to golf any time in 2017. He has undergone his fourth back surgery. This was to help with reducing pains in his back and leg.
This procedure took place on Wednesday. Woods announced that he had the surgery on his website. Mark Steinberg, his agent, confirmed the news. The surgery was reported to be successful.
Woods stated on his website that he is aiming to return to professional golf in the future and that he wants to get his life back to normal. He is especially influenced by his kids in that he wants to be healthier for them.
This marks the fourth time that Woods has gone through a back surgery since March 2014. There are no clear details as to when Woods could be fully recovered and able to continue to play again.
About the Procedure
The back surgery that was performed is an anterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure. The surgery helps to clear out harmful disc materials in the spinal column. This is especially to assist in restoring the spinal column’s natural motions.
Disc disruptions have been rather commonplace for Tiger in recent time. He had undergone many other surgical procedures as a means of controlling how his tissues respond to movements. This next procedure is designed to help with restoring how the back functions.
The bottom lower-back disc had especially become too narrow. This came about due to prior herniation problems and other surgeries that he had. While many more traditional functions like rehabilitation had been used, a more aggressive treatment was needed as a means of improving upon how Woods can recover.
Woods stated that such a procedure is often used when other options have been used up. Steinberg especially remarked that the effort was to help with improving how the recovery process works.
The recovery process for Tiger Woods has been rather difficult for him. He last competed in early February at the Dubai Desert Classic. In addition to finishing above par, he withdrew from the competition after the first round. He cited back spasms as a problem. He had not competed since and has hardly been visible.
Woods had also tried to compete in more events this year. He did not make the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open though. Also, while he had been hoping to compete in the Masters, he chose not to play just a few days before the event was to take place.
He had actually taken two practice shots at an announcement in Missouri this past Tuesday. He was working on a course design project and took two shots for the public to see.
It is unclear as to how much time it would take for Tiger Woods to attempt to get back into golfing. Patients who typically go through the procedure he went through usually require at least six months of recovery time. With this in mind, Woods would end up missing all of the major tournaments in the PGA Tour season for the second year in a row.