Kurt Angle has provided an update on his recent back surgery and revealed that he still needs another major operation.
Angle is widely regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step inside the squared circle. However, his WWE Hall of Fame career came at a price and he has had multiple major surgeries over the years to repair the damage done to his body.
Kurt Angle provides update on his surgeries
Most recently, Angle underwent a procedure on his back to help with pain running down his legs.
Speaking on his Kurt Angle Show podcast (available early via AdFreeShows), the 13-time World Champion revealed he went back to working out straight after the surgery, although he took steps to protect his back.
“I hope my doctor is not listening to this. The day I got out of the hospital after my surgery, I went and worked out. I was supposed to take six weeks off, but I never stopped working out.
“I worked out the day of my surgery, the day after that, and the day after that. What I did is, I did a lot of stuff sitting so I wouldn’t affect my back, because they told me I couldn’t carry more than five pounds.
“Now, I was lifting more than five pounds, and I think that I probably didn’t listen to them in that aspect, but I wasn’t literally carrying it while I was walking. I was sitting while I was lifting.
“So I did leg presses sitting down. I did my bench press sitting down. I did my military press sitting down. Everything I did was sitting down, so I took care of my back, but I didn’t want to miss my workouts.”
While he is still feeling pain in his lower back, Angle is relieved that the surgery stopped the leg pain he had been experiencing.
“I’m good, not too bad. I still have pain in my lower back, but I don’t have pain running down my legs anymore. They kicked that, but the pain in my back is still there.
“It’s unfortunate, but I can deal with this. I couldn’t deal with the pain going down my legs. So, I’m happy with the surgery.”
Kurt Angle’s main goal is to be able to play with his kids, but he admits that he is still having issues following both his back and knee replacement operations. He is optimistic that one more surgery will help that.
That procedure will be another big one as it is fusion surgery on his neck. One of many neck operations he has undergone over his career.
“The crazy thing is I haven’t been able to really play with them the way I want to because I had my knees replaced and my back surgery. Before that, it was all bothering me. I was really messed up. My neck is messed up.
“Next is my neck surgery. I’m probably going to have fusion next year. Hopefully, that’ll help my body, and eventually, I’ll be able to play with my kids.
“My knees — I’ve been able to come out of that pretty good. So once my back heals, I’ll start being able to play with my kids, throw them around the pool, carry them on my back, doing that kind of stuff. I want to be like a real father to my kids.”
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.