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Murray recovering after back surgery « on: September 25, 2013, 01:43 PM »
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Andy Murray is recovering after having minor surgery on his lower back. Although details of the surgery have not been made public, it is believed that he underwent a micro-discectomy procedure to release pressure on his sciatic nerve.

The 26-year-old released a photo on Twitter on Monday night from his hospital bed and thanked his fans for their support. He also revealed that his first words as he came round from the anaesthetic were: "Did I win?"


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After staying overnight in hospital, he is now believed to be recovering at home. Last night he made a further Twitter update, thanking the hospital staff for the care he has received:

"After spending 2 days in hospital you realise and appreciate how amazing a job carers, nurses, doctors etc do in hospitals all over the world looking after people who are in need.. Thanks to everyone at hospital for looking after me and putting me back together again.."

His back injury has been troubling him for the past eighteen months, and forced him to skip the French Open earlier this year. He exited the US Open at the quarter final stage, but rebounded positively to help Great Britain beat Croatia and gain promotion to the Davis Cup World Group ahead of his surgery.

It seems unlikely that he will play again this year but aims to be fit for his November winter training block in Miami. He has already pulled out of the Asian swing tournaments, and looks set to also miss his remaining scheduled tournaments, including the season finale World Tour Finals in London.

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Re: Murray recovering after back surgery « Reply #1 on: September 25, 2013, 01:51 PM »
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I personally hopes he doesn't push himself to play the WTF this year, as much as we'd all like him too i think such intense competition would be unwise so early after his operation. If he is aiming for his training block in Miami in November, he will be in better shape come the new year.
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Re: Murray recovering after back surgery « Reply #2 on: September 25, 2013, 02:26 PM »
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^ I agree! I'd rather see him 100% and raring to go, in the new year, rather than try and come back too soon!
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Re: Murray recovering after back surgery « Reply #3 on: September 25, 2013, 02:57 PM »
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Get well soon Andy and most important of all give yourself time to recover completely before punishing your back again....
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Re: Murray recovering after back surgery « Reply #4 on: September 25, 2013, 03:34 PM »
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I'd already posted this on the Good Luck thread, but think it's worth posting here since it relates to the recovery process.  It's excerpts from an article in The Tennis Space written by a sports physio, and this is what he has to say about treating athletes -

We tend to find that athletes have a ‘can do’ attitude to their recovery and they always want to push themselves, because that is part of their character. They usually want to push the boundaries at each stage of the recovery period – whether it’s getting rid of crutches too soon or trying to run before the should. Their mental attitude is all about doing things faster and harder but that is not how recovery from injuries works, especially with something as delicate as the back/spinal nerves.

He also says, regarding Andy -

The exact nature of Murray’s procedure will depend on the specific issues he has, the overall extent of problem and how much, if any, the nerve is affected. Some surgeries are more invasive than others but the main aim of most procedures like this is usually to ‘tidy up’ the disc and free up the nerve. From there it would be a matter of easing the inflammation and finding a balance between resting and mobilising the back to gradually get it moving again.

The recovery period is also hard to predict and, again, it depends on the severity of the problem. If the nerve has been compressed significantly then it could cause a bit of weakness in the muscles in the lower limbs. This would show in something as seemingly insignificant as being able to lift a toe but sport at the level Murray plays it is all based on tiny margins.

It may only take a few weeks to get back into training, but even so I think it’s very sensible that Murray’s team are already saying that he is unlikely to be back in time for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London in November. Even though this is probably a relatively minor operation, It’s important to manage Murray’s expectations as well as everyone else’s and not rush things.

http://www.thetennisspace.com/tennis-physio-murrays-back-surgery-doesnt-surprise-me/ 



Andy will get very frustrated at times, probably not initially because of the pain and the after-effects of the surgery, but once that starts to ease off and he becomes more mobile, but he has a very good team around him, and he, and they, will be guided by the back specialist who's treating him.  I hope he does reach his target of his Miami training although it's possible that it might have to be restructured, perhaps by cutting down on some of the more rigorous aspects of it, and that we will see a fully fit Andy back on court at the beginning of next season.
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Re: Murray recovering after back surgery « Reply #5 on: September 25, 2013, 03:36 PM »
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Thanks for that Aileen.
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Re: Murray recovering after back surgery « Reply #6 on: September 25, 2013, 06:26 PM »
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Thumbs up and a bit of a smile.  Be patient Andy, follow the physical therapists advise and come back ready for bear!!
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Re: Murray recovering after back surgery « Reply #7 on: September 25, 2013, 06:58 PM »
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I read a piece earlier in the day which was predominantly about Nadal, but also mentioned Andy playing in the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, which if I recall is during the off season. The reference to Andy could be out of date of course, from before his surgery, but it did make me think that if he wants to play a bit before the new season it could be said to be better for him to try there rather than a competitive atmosphere like the WTF. I don't expect Andy to play there really, but I'd be happier about him playing in a relatively relaxed atmosphere of an exhibition, where winning or losing doesn't really matter, than the WTF, where he might get tempted to push himself too hard.

The decision is down to Andy really, hopefully based on the advice of the experts, and the support of those around him who know what is going on in more detail than me, but on balance, as much as I'd love to see him at the WTF, I think he'd be wise to sit it out this year and come back in the new year refreshed and raring to go. Whatever anyone thinks about Andy's training regime, i.e. is it too intense etc, there is no denying the fact that when Andy feels fit it comes out in his confidence. To paraphrase what Jamie said about Andy's Miami training block in the documentary, his results in Australia in recent years are a testament to how hard he works in those sessions in Miami, but also a testament to the confidence he gets from them.

I suppose it's hard to say what sort of recovery period Andy will need. We don't know the extent of the damage, or how much of the sciatic nerve was involved. In broad terms, Andy being fit will probably help him, but it could also encourage him to run before he can walk, so to speak. The key, I suspect, will be him being patient with himself, even in those times when every instinct he has wants him to be back out there. Surely it's better for him to take care now, without wrapping himself in cotton wool of course, rather than pushing too early and setting himself right back.

Then there is what happens when Andy is back. There was a piece in one of the papers (I read it online, it may be here) from Tim Henman about what he thinks will happen when Andy is back. His overall take was positive, saying he believes Andy will win more slams, including successfully defending Wimbledon next year. However, he also said he thinks Andy might have some difficult times early on next year, before he is back to his best.

Personally I don't know how things will go. We could, maybe, take something positive from the period after Andy pulled out of RG. He came back raring to go again, looking very good and played some lovely, joyful tennis at Queen's. I won't reinvent the wheel by saying what happened next, even if I am sorely tempted Smile. However, Andy was 'only' out a month and he hadn't had surgery to recover from, so it's hard to say. I've already decided in my mind that I'm just going to enjoy watching Andy play when he is back and hope for the best for him, but support him either way. Then, if he comes back pain free and ready to go again, who knows what might happen.
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Re: Murray recovering after back surgery « Reply #8 on: September 25, 2013, 07:05 PM »
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I read a piece earlier in the day which was predominantly about Nadal, but also mentioned Andy playing in the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, which if I recall is during the off season. The reference to Andy could be out of date of course, from before his surgery, but it did make me think that if he wants to play a bit before the new season it could be said to be better for him to try there rather than a competitive atmosphere like the WTF. I don't expect Andy to play there really, but I'd be happier about him playing in a relatively relaxed atmosphere of an exhibition, where winning or losing doesn't really matter, than the WTF, where he might get tempted to push himself too hard.

The decision is down to Andy really, hopefully based on the advice of the experts, and the support of those around him who know what is going on in more detail than me, but on balance, as much as I'd love to see him at the WTF, I think he'd be wise to sit it out this year and come back in the new year refreshed and raring to go. Whatever anyone thinks about Andy's training regime, i.e. is it too intense etc, there is no denying the fact that when Andy feels fit it comes out in his confidence. To paraphrase what Jamie said about Andy's Miami training block in the documentary, his results in Australia in recent years are a testament to how hard he works in those sessions in Miami, but also a testament to the confidence he gets from them.

I suppose it's hard to say what sort of recovery period Andy will need. We don't know the extent of the damage, or how much of the sciatic nerve was involved. In broad terms, Andy being fit will probably help him, but it could also encourage him to run before he can walk, so to speak. The key, I suspect, will be him being patient with himself, even in those times when every instinct he has wants him to be back out there. Surely it's better for him to take care now, without wrapping himself in cotton wool of course, rather than pushing too early and setting himself right back.

Then there is what happens when Andy is back. There was a piece in one of the papers (I read it online, it may be here) from Tim Henman about what he thinks will happen when Andy is back. His overall take was positive, saying he believes Andy will win more slams, including successfully defending Wimbledon next year. However, he also said he thinks Andy might have some difficult times early on next year, before he is back to his best.

Personally I don't know how things will go. We could, maybe, take something positive from the period after Andy pulled out of RG. He came back raring to go again, looking very good and played some lovely, joyful tennis at Queen's. I won't reinvent the wheel by saying what happened next, even if I am sorely tempted Smile. However, Andy was 'only' out a month and he hadn't had surgery to recover from, so it's hard to say. I've already decided in my mind that I'm just going to enjoy watching Andy play when he is back and hope for the best for him, but support him either way. Then, if he comes back pain free and ready to go again, who knows what might happen.

Teejay are you sure that article wasn't from last year? Because Andy played the Abu Dhabi exho this year, and Nadal was due to play before he withdrew...
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Re: Murray recovering after back surgery « Reply #9 on: September 25, 2013, 07:10 PM »
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Teejay are you sure that article wasn't from last year? Because Andy played the Abu Dhabi exho this year, and Nadal was due to play before he withdrew...

No Prod, I'm sure it was from this year. It mentioned Nadal not being able to play last year because of being out and him being glad he is playing this year. I do suspect the details might be from before Andy had his surgery, but the article was definitely from this year.
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Re: Murray recovering after back surgery « Reply #10 on: September 25, 2013, 07:13 PM »
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I read a piece earlier in the day which was predominantly about Nadal, but also mentioned Andy playing in the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, which if I recall is during the off season. The reference to Andy could be out of date of course, from before his surgery, but it did make me think that if he wants to play a bit before the new season it could be said to be better for him to try there rather than a competitive atmosphere like the WTF. I don't expect Andy to play there really, but I'd be happier about him playing in a relatively relaxed atmosphere of an exhibition, where winning or losing doesn't really matter, than the WTF, where he might get tempted to push himself too hard.

The decision is down to Andy really, hopefully based on the advice of the experts, and the support of those around him who know what is going on in more detail than me, but on balance, as much as I'd love to see him at the WTF, I think he'd be wise to sit it out this year and come back in the new year refreshed and raring to go. Whatever anyone thinks about Andy's training regime, i.e. is it too intense etc, there is no denying the fact that when Andy feels fit it comes out in his confidence. To paraphrase what Jamie said about Andy's Miami training block in the documentary, his results in Australia in recent years are a testament to how hard he works in those sessions in Miami, but also a testament to the confidence he gets from them.

I suppose it's hard to say what sort of recovery period Andy will need. We don't know the extent of the damage, or how much of the sciatic nerve was involved. In broad terms, Andy being fit will probably help him, but it could also encourage him to run before he can walk, so to speak. The key, I suspect, will be him being patient with himself, even in those times when every instinct he has wants him to be back out there. Surely it's better for him to take care now, without wrapping himself in cotton wool of course, rather than pushing too early and setting himself right back.

Then there is what happens when Andy is back. There was a piece in one of the papers (I read it online, it may be here) from Tim Henman about what he thinks will happen when Andy is back. His overall take was positive, saying he believes Andy will win more slams, including successfully defending Wimbledon next year. However, he also said he thinks Andy might have some difficult times early on next year, before he is back to his best.

Personally I don't know how things will go. We could, maybe, take something positive from the period after Andy pulled out of RG. He came back raring to go again, looking very good and played some lovely, joyful tennis at Queen's. I won't reinvent the wheel by saying what happened next, even if I am sorely tempted Smile. However, Andy was 'only' out a month and he hadn't had surgery to recover from, so it's hard to say. I've already decided in my mind that I'm just going to enjoy watching Andy play when he is back and hope for the best for him, but support him either way. Then, if he comes back pain free and ready to go again, who knows what might happen.
I'm just going to enjoy watching Andy play when he is back and hope for the best for him, but support him either way. Then, if he comes back pain free and ready to go again, who knows what might happen.....I totally agree TeeJay
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Re: Murray recovering after back surgery « Reply #11 on: September 25, 2013, 07:53 PM »
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andy and his team will do what is best for andy. having had two back ops myself it will certaintly take andy time to get back to his fitness. he has to take it easy. I rushed back once I felt okay playing squash and landed back into hospital. andy
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Re: Murray recovering after back surgery « Reply #12 on: September 25, 2013, 08:14 PM »
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Squash is for drinking.
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Re: Murray recovering after back surgery « Reply #13 on: September 25, 2013, 08:29 PM »
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Hopefully Andy will be sensible lad and bide his time. There's too much at stake to do otherwise. 
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Re: Murray recovering after back surgery « Reply #14 on: September 25, 2013, 08:33 PM »
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Good things come to those who wait.
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