Tiger Woods undergoes back surgery for the fourth time

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We should almost have a template for this type of article by now – Tiger Woods has recently had surgery on his back for a fourth time and will hopefully return to full activity in six months.

Tiger Woods announced on his website that he has had back surgery a fourth time – this time fusing two of his lower vertebrae together to alleviate pain.

According to tigerwoods.com it was “successful” and Woods should be aiming to return to fill activity in six months time.

The operation was 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,” Guyer said. “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,” Guyer added.

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.

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