Eddie Sutton Surgery Successful

Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton underwent an approximate 90-minute surgery Thursday morning to correct advanced lumbar degenerative disc disease and a resulting condition of spinal stenosis. Doctors called the surgery a success and said they found a compression of the disc and were able to correct the condition.

The report from the hospital in Tulsa was that the medical team hoped to have Sutton out of bed this afternoon and walking around to begin the post-surgical rehabilitation. Coach Sutton was joined at the hospital by family members and a select group of friends.

"We are optimistic today's surgery will help address Coach Sutton's chronic back and hip pain. The surgery went as planned," said Dr. James Rodgers, the doctor who performed the surgery. "Coach Sutton is recovering comfortably from this morning's surgery.

"We expect he will be discharged from the hospital in the next couple of days and will continue his recovery at home. He should be able to begin physical therapy in 10 to 12 days and then we will monitor his progress to determine when it would be appropriate for him to enter a treatment center," said Dr. Rodgers.

One source informed us that Coach Sutton hoped to rest for several days and also recover and rehab following the surgery and then follow his promise of attending a treatment center to address his recent lapse in his battle with alcohol.

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