Springbok flanker Schalk Burger’s neck operation went well, according to the surgeon.
The surgery was to correct a cervical neck injury with nerve root compression. The injury was sustained in last weekend’s Test against Scotland in Port Elizabeth.
An SA Rugby release stated: “According to the surgeon the operation was sucessful. The fusion was completed and the bone block and titanium plate are well fixed. There were no immediate complications.”
Burger will remain in ICU until Sunday evening for observation and will only be discharged when his condition is satisfactory.
Said Burger: “I am happy the operation was successful. I will be following medical recovery and rehabilitation instructions carefully and am already focussing mentally on maximizing each and every opportunity to ensure optimal recovery and return to the game I love.”
Burger’s presence was missed against the French on Saturday and his speedy recovery is wished by many. Burger will be treated by the Vodacom Western Province medical team in consultation with the specialist.
The recovery period is expected to be between six and eight months and at this stage it is hoped the former World Player of the Year will return to the game.