Why Tiger Woods Could Miss All Four Majors in 2014

 – April 1, 2014  –– 

On Tuesday, Tiger Woods' announcement that he had undergone successful back surgery and would miss the Masters for the first time as a pro led to two main questions: What is a microdiscectomy and how long will Woods be out of action? "A microdiscectomy is a treatment for someone with a disc herniation," said Andrew Hecht, MD, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery, and Co-Chair of Spine Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "If you think of a disc like a jelly donut, the outer cover tears and the jelly comes out. That jelly starts to irritate a nerve." Dr. Hecht said there is a gradual phase of rehabilitation followed by a more intense phase and finally the return of an athlete to activities for his/her specific sport.

-Dr. Andrew Hecht, Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Co-Chair of Spine Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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