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Tiger goes under the knife again

Tiger Woods has undergone surgery to fix minor cartilage damage in his left knee. Steve Carroll has the details
 

There is yet more Tiger Woods injury news as the 15-time major champion added another operation to an ever-increasing list of surgeries when going under the knife to repair his left knee.

The Masters champion revealed he’d had an “arthroscopic procedure” last week to fix minor cartilage damage.

An arthoscopy is described by the NHS website as a type of keyhole surgery that is normally used to diagnose and treat problems with joints – including damaged cartilage or loose cartilage fragments.

It’s commonly carried out on the knees and is considered advantageous because it has a faster healing time and a lower risk of infection.

Tiger underwent a similar surgery in 2008 after finishing 2nd at the Masters.

It is the same left knee that required reconstructive surgery after he damaged his anterior cruciate ligament, in 2007, and suffered a stress fracture in his tibia before his famous 2008 US Open victory at Torrey Pines.

This latest procedure, and that to repair his damaged ACL 11 years ago, was carried out by Dr Vern Cooley, a Utah knee specialist. He expects Tiger to make a full recovery.

Woods has committed to playing in the inaugural Zozo Championship, in Japan, in October on the PGA Tour as he builds up to hosting the Hero World Challenge at the end of November – a week before captaining the US team at the Presidents Cup.

He said: “I would like to thank Dr. Cooley and his team. I’m walking now and hope to resume practice in the next few weeks. I look forward to travelling and playing in Japan in October.”

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