LOOK: EJ Obiena undergoes successful surgery

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Posted at Jan 12 2022 06:31 PM | Updated as of Jan 12 2022 07:48 PM

The surgery on Olympic pole vaulter EJ Obiena was a success.

Obiena had his meniscus issue in his left knee fixed in Germany ahead of the Init Indoor Meeting in Karlsruhe on January 28.

A couple of pictures shared by ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo showed one of the screws removed from his knee from a 2017 ACL surgery.

 

"EJ Obiena had a successful knee surgery where his meniscus was cleaned up by Dr. Dimit Jontschew at the Southwest German Center for Sport Traumatology, according to sports patron Jim Lafferty. One of the screws from his 2017 ACL surgery was also removed," said Castillejo.

He is expected to miss six or seven days of training.

Obiena, who is in the middle a funding row with Philippine Athletic Track and Field Association (PATAFA), is expected to join the The Asian Indoor Championships set for February 11-13 in Kazakhstan.

In his social media post, Obiena thanked those who prayed for him for his surgery.

"Thank you very much for everyone who helped and supported me to make this surgery possible as early as yesterday. I am also thankful for (Philippine Sports Commission) chairman Butch Ramirez announcing yesterday that funds for my surgery is available. I may be able to use this money once available to me to reimburse the advances of good Samaritans," he said. 

"Surgery was successful. They have cleaned the meniscus and have removed the screw on my knee from the ACL reconstruction back in 2017 as the bone graft has fully solidified. It shouldn’t affect my recovery and we're still on and aiming for 28th of January competition."

Obiena holds the national and Asian record for pole vault, having cleared 5.93-meters at the International Golden Roof Challenge in Innsbruck, Austria last September.

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