Successful back surgery for Magic's Howard

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard had successful back surgery in Los Angeles on Friday and should make a full recovery.


"The surgery was uneventful and Dwight is resting comfortably," spine surgeon Robert Watkins said in a statement to the Orlando Sentinel.

Fragments from a herniated disk in Howard's back were removed during the procedure, which will sideline the six-times All Star for the remainder of the National Basketball Association season. He will also miss the London Olympics.

Watkins said Howard would begin a post-op walking program on Saturday.

"The timing of his return to basketball will depend on his response to the rehabilitation program. We anticipate a full recovery," Watkins said.

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