Former Vernonite Vasek Pospisil returns a shot in the $200,000US Odlum Brown VanOpen at the Hollyburn Country Club. (Bo Mon Kwan Photo)

Former Vernonite Vasek Pospisil returns a shot in the $200,000US Odlum Brown VanOpen at the Hollyburn Country Club. (Bo Mon Kwan Photo)

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil out after back surgery

Vernon tennis star succumbs to nagging herniated disc; undergoes successful surgery

  • Jan. 21, 2019 12:00 a.m.

Vernon tennis star Vasek Pospisil will miss the next three months of action following back surgery Monday in New York City.

He underwent a successful surgical microdisectomy from renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Frank P. Cammisa Jr., who specializes, among other things, in athletic spinal injuries.

“After exhausting multiple options, it was determined that the best course of action was for Vasek to undergo surgical microdiscectomy to repair his herniated disk.” Cammisa said to Tennis Canada. “By removing the abnormal disk material that was pressing on a nerve root, combined with proper post-operative rehabilitation, he is expected to make a full recovery and return to competitive tennis in three months.”

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Pospisil, currently ranked 74th in the ATP rankings, sustained the injury during a match at the Paris Master on Halloween, 2018. After undergoing an extensive consultation process for several months under the supervision of orthopaedic surgeon of sports medicine, Dr. John Theorodopoulos at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and director of rehabilitation, Dr. Pavel Kolar from the Hospital Motol, Charles University in Prague, all medical professionals agreed that surgery was the last and best option for a full recovery.

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“It’s been a really difficult few months for me but I’m so fortunate to have had such a great team of doctors around me that made sure I had the very best care,” Pospisil said to Tennis Canada. “I’ll work hard to get healthy, but I know I need to be patient in my recovery. I’m grateful for Dr. Kolar, Dr. Theorodopoulos, and Dr. Cammisa and all those working at the various hospitals for their professionalism and top notch care during this difficult time.”

Pospisil withdrew from the Australian Open earlier in January.


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