Monday's surgery, performed by Dr. Robert Teasdall, replaced a screw in his foot with a larger screw for more stability. The anticipated time of recovery is six to eight weeks and a full recovery is expected.
"The modification of the screw in Chris' foot will provide additional support and will help encourage proper healing," said Greg Collins, Wake Forest's assistant athletic director for sports medicine. "Hopefully, once the rehabilitation is complete, he will have no additional problems."
As a freshman in 2002-03, Ellis played in all 31 games and averaged 2.8 and 2.5 rebounds per game, while shooting an even 50.0 percent from the floor.
Wake Forest finished the 2003-04 season with a 21-10 overall record and its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.