Peyton Manning underwent his third neck surgery this year, a single-level anterior fusion, the surgery was successful and went well, but the bad news is, experts say it takes at least 3 months to recover from surgery like this.
Dr. Neel Anand, director of Orthopedic Spine Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Spine Center in Los Angeles had this to day about those kinds of procedures.
“It takes time. It takes between three and six months,” Anand said. “You want this fusion to heal, which means strong bones and stabilize the spine. But I certainly don’t think it’s career-threatening. He absolutely can come back next season.
“If everything goes well, there’s no reason he could not come back playing football.”
Dr. Anders Cohen, chief of neurosurgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, concurred. He said this kind of procedure requires at least a three-month recovery period.
“Surgeons initially tried a less invasive approach, but the single-level anterior fusion he just underwent is a more definitive procedure that will correct the problem but requires a longer healing process,” Cohen said. “It’s highly unlikely that he will play this year.”
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I think if this is the case, they won’t risk him coming back in the middle of the season if he is not fully healed, also if they are not playoff bound they won’t rush him back to the field, in either case, I think Indy could be in for a rough year without Peyton, even if he comes back mid season, he might be rusty and they will still struggle.