For the second time in 12 months, Shane Carwin (Pictured) underwent surgery on his back. Unlike the procedure he endured last November, the former UFC interim heavyweight champ was told by his surgeon that he should be back and badder than ever after his latest operation.
“I made it out alive,” Carwin posted on the UG Forum. “I am on some heavy meds but I already have my Carwin walk out tee on. I am ready! They found a pretty bad herniated disc while performing the surgery and they repaired that too.
“My doctor was surprised that I could do what I do with my back in such bad shape. He said I am as good as new now. That mountain top does not look so far away.”
An MRI taken last month showed that a disc in his lower back had penetrated into the nerves. His doctor gave him two options; retire and postpone surgery for a few years or undergo the operation to resume his career.
The 36-year-old underwent a “foraminotomy” one year ago to enlarged the passageway where the spinal nerve root exits the spinal canal. Surgeons removed bone and/or tissue that obstructed the passageway and pinched the spinal nerve root, which often caused severe inflammation and pain.
The part-time engineer blasted out of the mixed martial arts gates by winning his first 12 professional bouts in the opening round. He has since lost his last two fights, with his most recent coming in a unanimous decision defeat to Junior Dos Santos in a top contender contest at UFC 131 in June.
The charismatic slugger is hoping to make an explosive return by the middle of 2012.