Shane Carwin underwent successful back surgery this past Tuesday to repair the injury that forced him to pull out of his UFC 125 bout with Roy Nelson.
Carwin’s manager, Jason Genet, noted on his Twitter the heavyweight underwent a “foraminotomy,” which is a “decompression surgery that is performed to enlarge the passageway where a spinal nerve root exits the spinal canal” according to Spineuniverse.com.
“Shane Carwin is out of surgery and in the recovery room,” Genet wrote on his Twitter. “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.
Genet told MMAFighting last month that Carwin’s injuries have nagged him for some time but that the fighter has pushed through with the aid of painkillers and physical therapy. The injuries have gotten bad enough to cause numbness in Carwin’s arm, prompting the fighter to seek a long term medical solution. After realizing that his options were limited to prolonged physical rehabilitation with no training and no guarantee of success or corrective surgery, the fighter and his team decided to deal with the injuries once and for all.
Carwin, who has not fought since losing to Brock Lesnar in a title fight last July, has battled back/neck injuries for a good portion of his athletic career and so it is that Genet believes he will bounce back from his November 2nd-scheduled surgery without issue. Carwin went on his Twitter last night to address the results of his surgery.
“I am alive:0) thanks for all your support,” Carwin wrote.
Carwin sports a professional MMA record of 12-1, with all of his fights prior to the Lesnar bout ending via knockout. It is unknown when the former number one contender will be able to return to action.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.