Jason Pierre-Paul Undergoes Surgery at Marina Del Rey Hospital

Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants defensive lineman, underwent a herniated disc surgery this June at the Marina Del Rey hospital. The surgery was performed by renowned back surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins.

Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants defensive lineman, underwent a herniated disc surgery this June at Marina Del Rey Hospital. The surgery was performed by renowned back surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins, who is quoted as saying the surgery was "successful”.

Pierre-Paul had been experiencing back pain as far back as his college years, but being a tough player, always elected to play through the pain. Upon discovering that the issue was more than back spasms, Pierre-Paul began a series of rehabilitative core strengthening exercises in conjunction with epidurals in the hopes of solving the issue. However, after the combination failed to provide relief, Jason Pierre-Paul consulted with his team physicians and Dr. Watkins, electing to have surgery before the 2013 season.

The surgery, called a microdiscectomy, itself involves mirco-incisions that allow the doctor to clean the affected area of any debris as well as gently repair the spine alignment. Although Pierre-Paul’s surgery went well, recovery time ranges from 2-4 months depending on the patients response to post-surgery physical therapy, placing Jason’s ability to play in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys into question.

Pierre-Paul has been quoted on nfl.com as saying that while the surgery has eliminated all pain from his back, he wants to ensure that he returns to the field only when he is fully healthy, both physically and mentally. Regardless of whether or not he will come back for the first game, it is highly likely given the superb surgical job and rehabilitation Jason Pierre-Paul will return to his former All-Pro playing level shortly.