Arian Foster Undergoes Surgery at Marina Del Rey Hospital

Arian Foster's rapid rise in the NFL has been put on hold, but once he recovers from back surgery, he should be able to pick up where he left off, frustrating AFC defenses with his rushing skills.

Arian Foster's rapid rise in the NFL has been put on hold, but once he recovers from back surgery, he should be able to pick up where he left off, frustrating AFC defenses with his rushing skills.

Foster, a running back, had back surgery in November 2013 at Marina Del Rey's spine center. Dr. Robert Watkins IV, who performed the surgery, said everything went well.

"He's a great patient," Dr. Watkins said. "Arian got through surgery fine, and he ought to be able to recover in good time. I look forward to seeing him succeed once his back's healed up."

Dr. Watkins performed microscopic lumbar discectomy surgery on Foster. In discectomy surgery, herniated (bulging) disc tissue is removed, easing pressure on nerves in the spine. Microscopic lumbar discectomy is a minimally invasive technique, preferred to traditional "open" surgery because it causes less trauma. Healing and recovery from minimally invasive is normally faster.

Foster is the second all-time leading rusher at the University of Tennessee, and he has gotten off to a great start in the NFL, averaging over 1,400 yards per season over the past three years. He was invited to the 2011 and 2012 Pro Bowl games, and he has set several team records for the Texans.