Former UFC interim heavyweight champ Shane Carwin had successful surgery Tuesday to help alleviate pain in his neck and back.
According to Carwin’s manager, Jason Genet, his client underwent a “foraminotomy,” which enlarges the passageway where the spinal nerve root exits the spinal canal.
The operation requires surgeons to remove bone or tissue that obstructs the passageway and pinches the spinal nerve root. This often causes severe inflammation and pain. In Carwin’s case, the C5, C6 and C7 vertebrae were worked on.
Genet tweeted that one of the country’s best in Dr. Chad Prusmack performed the procedure.
“Shane Carwin is out of surgery and in the recovery room,” he posted. “No complications during surgery, it took just under four hours to complete. The nerve damage was worse than the MRI showed, but they cleaned it up.
Carwin has been trying to work through the injuries for quite some time. The 35-year-old had been using physical therapy and medication to manage the pain so he could continue competing.
Upon further examination, it was determined the charismatic slugger wouldn’t necessarily require surgery. However, Team Carwin determined the benefits of not having to worry about the injuries long-term would be the wisest choice and pulled out of their UFC 125 fight against Roy Nelson.
“I am alive:0) thanks for all your support,” Carwin tweeted late last night.
No timetable has been set for his return.