WWE superstar Paige has undergone surgery on her neck, and she reports that it went rather well.
On Twitter this week, Paige said that her hernia was bigger than expected and that she now has three screws in her neck. She also personally thanked her surgeon, Dr. Uribe, and everyone at the hospital for helping her. Paige is still recovering, though, and she later posted that she can’t raise her hands above her head.
Paige needed to undergo surgery due to problems associated with her neck. The surgery took place on Wednesday, October 19th, and she actually posted some video footage of the surgery for anyone who wants to see that sort of thing.
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Dr Uribe is one of the best Drs out there. (The video got more graphic but I cut it short.) he saw me, saw how bad my neck has become and fixed me without question, straight away. He not only worked miracle on my neck but he arranged private rooms, private X-rays in my room and private waiting rooms to make me feel comfortable. The hernia ended up being bigger than expected but he fixed it up and put 3 screws in my neck, straightened it and surprisingly straight after the operation table I was feeling great. So thank you with all my heart Dr Uribe for what you have done for me and thank you for everything you've done with Alberto. You're making this day so much easier for both of us. You're a good man. 🙏🏻❤️
With Paige in the hospital was her fiance, fellow wrestler Alberto Del Rio, who Paige recently proposed to at one of Del Rio’s shows. She thanked him for being there in the room with her, referring to Del Rio as her “true love.”
Recovery time for neck surgery of this kind varies, but it’s expected that Paige will be taken out of action for between six and nine months. That would mean the absolute earliest she could possibly return to the WWE would be April of 2017, when WrestleMania takes place.
There was reportedly some conflict between Paige and her employers about this surgery, with the WWE not feeling that it was necessary. Clearly Paige and her loved ones disagreed; in fact, Alberto Del Rio took to Twitter to post this photo describing the extent of Paige’s injuries and questioning that the WWE says “she’s not hurt.”
Paige is currently suspended from the WWE for 60 days due to a violation of the company’s wellness policy. Her father, Ricky Knight, claims that the suspension happened because Paige was taking prescription painkillers to deal with her neck pain. The WWE released a statement contradicting this, saying she had tested positive for an illegal substance.