Dwight Howard Undergoes Surgery at Marina Del Rey Hospital

When NBA All-Star Dwight Howard was unable to do a single calf-raise a couple of years ago, it became obvious that something was wrong. It turned out that Howard was suffering from a herniated disc in his spine, and that the disc was pinching a nerve. This was severely affecting Howard's ability to play effective basketball, and his strength in general. So in April 2012 Howard went to the Marina Del Rey spine-surgery center and underwent microscopic lumbar discectomy. In this minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon removes the parts of the disc that are causing the problem, and this relieves pressure on the nerves that are being irritated or injured.

When NBA All-Star Dwight Howard was unable to do a single calf-raise a couple of years ago, it became obvious that something was wrong.

It turned out that Howard was suffering from a herniated disc in his spine, and that the disc was pinching a nerve. This was severely affecting Howard's ability to play effective basketball, and his strength in general.

So in April 2012 Howard went to the Marina Del Rey spine-surgery center and underwent microscopic lumbar discectomy. In this minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon removes the parts of the disc that are causing the problem, and this relieves pressure on the nerves that are being irritated or injured. The procedure uses the smallest incisions possible in order to cause the least damage or trauma to the body.

"Dwight is fine," said Dr. Robert Watkins IV, who performed the procedure. "The surgery was successful, his recovery happened just as planned, and he's now back in the NBA — with the Rockets, now — and he's doing really well. I'm pleased I could help."

As of mid-December 2013, Howard was leading the NBA in rebounds for the season.