Giants Pierre-Paul Undergoes Back Surgery
By Nate Woelfel
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent back surgery Tuesday morning in Marina Del Rey, Calif.
The procedure, performed by Dr. Robert Watkins, repaired a herniated disc in Pierre-Paul’s lower back. Recovery time is estimated to be 12 weeks.
Both he and the Giants hope that the surgery will successfully remedy, what has become, a nagging problem for the fourth-year man out of South Florida.
“My back has been bothering me for a while, and even last season I played through some back issues,” said Pierre-Paul in a statement released on the Giants’ website. “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.”
Ronnie Barnes, the Giants Sr. Vice President of Medical Services stated that a pair of specialists evaluated Pierre-Paul last week and confirmed that this procedure would be the best option.
"Jason has been experiencing lower back pain that past couple months," said Barnes. "He has managed the discomfort with treatment and core strengthening exercises. Last week, he was examined by Drs. Russell Warren and Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Both felt this procedure was the most prudent course of action. Dr. Watkins, after examining Jason yesterday, agreed. We expect a full and complete recovery."