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How Tiger Woods recovered to win 2019 Masters

Good Morning America (GMA) reports on Tiger Woods’ recent Masters win and his recovery from a 2017 anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF).

ALIF is a minimally invasive surgery which entails removing the damaged disk and re-elevating the collapsed disk space to normal levels. This allows the one vertebrae to heal to the other, with the intention to relieve pressure on the nerve to give the best chance of healing.

GMA spoke to Han Jo Kim, MD, spine surgeon at HSS who did not treat Woods, but commented on this type of injury. Dr. Kim advised, “If you could avoid damaging any of the muscles in the posterior parts of the back of your lumbar spine. That’s probably very important for somebody like a golfer.”

Watch the segment at GoodMorningAmerica.com. This segment aired during the morning news hour on April 16, 2019.