In Depth Details On Kurt Angle’s Surgery, Future, More
Posted by Widro on 04.24.2003
All the aftermath of the surgery and what happens next
Kurt Angle underwent spinal correction surgery on April 4, performed by Dr. Hoe-Donh Jho. The surgery is said to have gone smoothly, and Angle is expected back on Smackdown in about six weeks.
Dr Youngblood, who had performed the more traditional spinal fusion surgery on Steve Austin, Chris Benoit, Rhyno, Edge and others, had recommended Angle have that surgery, which would have meant a year on the shelf. Youngblood's surgery involves removing the problematic herniated disk completed, and replacing the space with bone matter taken from the hip. Then he fuses two vertebrae together and stops any future nerve damage.
Dr Jho's surgery doesn’t remove the entire herniated disk, just the portion that is causing tension and nerve damage. This eliminates the need for vertebrae fusion, which is the cause of the year of rehabilitation from Youngblood's surgery.
This surgery is viewed as a stopgap measure just so Angle can get back in the ring sooner. He will still need to have the fusion surgery after he retires. In fact, Angle has several degenerated disks in his back, and isn't expected to wrestle for more that a few more years no matter what happens with this latest surgery.