New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent back surgery Tuesday morning to repair a herniated disc in his lower back and is expected to be out 12 weeks, according to Giants beat writer Michael Eisen on the team's website.
Doctors at Marina Del Rey Hospital in Marina Del Rey, Calif. said that Pierre-Paul had been experiencing pain in his lower back for the past couple months and felt that now was a good time to go forward with the surgery to make sure he is ready to go for the regular season. According to the medical staff, he is expected to make a full recovery within the next three months.
Pierre-Paul had initially dealt with what was described by doctors as "discomfort" in his back. By going through treatments and core strengthening exercises, the pain still did not subside and it became apparent that surgery was indeed needed to correct the herniated disc long-term.
“My back has been bothering me for a while, and even last season I played through some back issues. The treatment I’ve been doing has helped manage the issue, but this procedure is going to get me fully healthy and there should be no more pain. I’m going to do everything the doctors tell me to do during my rehab so I can be back playing the game I love at a high level as quickly as possible.”Mike Garafolo of USA Today Sports