U2 frontman Bono was discharged from a hospital in Germany yesterday after being treated for a back injury. The band has already pulled their headlining spot at Glastonbury. A North American tour has been postponed until 2011.
Bono went down with the injury on Friday when rehearsing for the tour and required emergency surgery.
“Bono suffered severe compression of the sciatic nerve,” his doctor said. “On review of his MRI scan, I realized there was a serious tear in the ligament and a herniated disc, and that conservative treatment would not suffice. I recommended Bono have emergency spine surgery with Professor [Joerg Christian] Tonn at Munich’s LMU University Hospital on Friday.”
Bono was in severe pain and suffering partial paralysis by that time.
“The ligament surrounding the disc had an 8-millimeter tear, and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had traveled into the spinal canal,” Tonn said in the statement. “This surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis.”
Bono is doing better now after the surgery and has regained full movement. He’s now settling in for eight weeks of rehab.