William Regal underwent neck surgery on October 21, 2015 under WWE's medical director, Joseph Maroon, in Pittsburgh, PA. The surgery was unexpected and followed a checkup on an operation he had on his neck last year.
"I had a neck surgery last year and everything was very, very good, and I went in for a follow-up exam six weeks ago. Luckily, we did the exam, because they found there was more damage in the back of the neck that needed to be taken care of as soon as possible. The last surgery I had, they went in through the front of my neck; this one’s in the back, so there’s a lot more work involved and a lot of healing in the muscle in the back of the neck." Regal told WWE.com.
"It was my C3, C4, C5 and C6 [vertebrae]. I believe the operation is called a laminectomy, where they go in and completely clean out the calcium deposits from the back. Now that I’ve got this done, it’s just a matter of healing up and I’ll be good to go. Dr. Maroon, who is head of the WWE Wellness Program, performed the operation. He said I’ll be good to go for another 50,000 miles, or 50 years. Hopefully, that will cover me for the rest of my time on this Earth, anyway."
Regal explained the surgery last week lasted just over an hour and all of this is due to an injury he suffered while competing in WCW back in 1993.
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