BIRMINGHAM | University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban had successful hip replacement surgery on Monday, according to a statement from Dr. Lyle Cain of Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, who oversaw the surgery with Dr. Benton Emblom.
“Coach Saban underwent successful robotic assisted right hip replacement surgery this afternoon with our hip specialist, Dr. Benton Emblom and the team at Andrews Sports Medicine,” Dr. Cain said in a Monday afternoon statement. “Coach is resting comfortably and we anticipate a full recovery. He should be able to return to work in the very near future, and we’ll have him back out on the golf course, with hopefully a few more yards off the tee, as soon as possible.”
Saban had announced after Alabama’s spring practice that he would have his hip examined after having pain for some time.
“I want to get it fixed because I don’t want to coach for one more year, I want to coach for a lot more years,” he said after A-Day. “So whenever things like this come up, I want to be aggressive and proactive and try to get it taken care of. We’ll certainly do that. We have really good people to do it and I don’t think it should be a big deal.”
Opposing coaches have often mentioned Saban’s age to recruits for some time, and there is frequent speculation about when the coach might choose to retire. Saban addressed those concerns earlier this month when he explained why he wanted to have his hip examined.
“I’ve been struggling a little bit with one of my hips,” Saban said in an interview with USA Today. “Even though they don’t make ’em like they used to and most players would not be able to perform in spring practice like I did if they had a similar situation, but nobody could even tell. But I might not be able to play golf for a few weeks. We’re going to do an evaluation of this at the end of spring. They say even if it’s the worst case scenario, it may be six or eight weeks. I can still cover (Henry) Ruggs and cut him off. I can still do whatever I need to do, I can still play golf. But this has been a little bothersome, and I don’t want to go into the fall with this being a problem.”
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