Howard has successful back surgery: report

By Gene Cherry, Reuters

Posted at Apr 21 2012 05:28 PM | Updated as of Apr 22 2012 01:28 AM

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard had successful back surgery in Los Angeles on Friday and should make a full recovery, one of his surgeons told an Orlando newspaper.

"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.

(Reporting By Gene Cherry in Salvo North Carolina; editing by Peter Rutherford)