Vodacom Stormers lock Rob Linde successfully underwent a Cervical Fusion due to a ruptured cervical spine disc at C6 C7 yesterday (11 January 2006).
The Vodacom Stormers Team Physician, Dr Ryan Kohler, reported that the 3 and a half hour operation, performed by Dr Gerrit Coetzee and assisted by Dr Kohler at Milnerton Medi Clinic, went very well and was technically successful.
“Rob’s injury has been developing over 3 to 4 years, due to forces to the head at rucks and mauls. There was no way that we could have predicted it and it is unfortunate that it decompensated now,” explained Dr Kohler.
The Vodacom Stormers medical team have already put Rob’s recovery plan into place. He will be out of rugby for 6 months, but will start jogging in 8 weeks and start weight training in 12 weeks.
Rob will be returning home from the hospital today.
If you would like to send your good well wishes to Rob, please firstname.lastname@example.org or send a fax marked for his attention to 021 659 4601.