WWE.com broke the news today that, while in Nashville, TN promoting tomorrow night’s Night of Champions event, WWE Superstar Roman Reigns was rushed to a local hospital and emergency surgery was done to repair an incarcerated hernia in Roman’s abdomen. As a result of the emergency surgery, Roman will be unable to compete in his scheduled match against Seth Rollins at Night of Champions. In a later update, WWE.com consulted their own Dr. Chris Amann for the latest on Roman’s condition and recovery time. Dr. Amann stated, “I was in contact with both Roman and the surgeon who performed the operation in Nashville today. Roman had developed acute abdominal pain in his hotel room last night after his match [at a WWE Live Event]. This wasn’t related to a specific injury that occurred in the ring. Roman has had a pre-existing hernia for some time, which unfortunately had become acutely painful, which led to him going to the emergency room in Nashville. He was found to have a large hernia that was unable to be reduced, which means pushed back into the abdominal cavity. As a result, it was necessary to perform an emergent operation to open up the hernia sac and try and push it back into the abdominal cavity.”
Dr. Chris Amann explained the surgery in more detail, stating “At the time of the surgery, surgeons found a loop of small intestine was caught in the hernia sac, which would account for the pain and discomfort that Roman was having earlier in the evening. The surgeons released the hernia sac so the intestine could be pushed back into the abdominal cavity. Once they were satisfied blood supply had returned to the intestine after releasing the hernia, they went ahead and completed the procedure. A mesh was placed over where the hernia had occurred to prevent future occurrences.” The doctor was also able to let WWE.com know just how long Roman Reigns will be out of action, “Roman has been transferred to the recovery room and is doing quite well. The plan is to keep him overnight, give him IV antibiotics to prevent infection and make sure the intestinal function returns to normal before discharging him from the hospital. If everything goes well, that should be tomorrow. Most of the time, the recovery time for something like this in terms of returning to physical activity is between four and six weeks. This was a pretty significant hernia, so it will probably be closer to six weeks.”
For clarification, Dr. Chris Amann specified that Roman’s hernia was not a sports hernia, “This is a completely different type of hernia than sports hernia. A sports hernia usually refers to a tear in the lower abdominal wall that attaches to the ligaments. That type of tear is typically occurs from repeated activity or sports. Roman had what’s called an inguinal hernia. It can sometimes come from sports, but sometimes people are born with these. It is treated differently than a sports hernia.” Given the six-week timeline for Roman’s recovery, there is a good chance that Roman Reigns will not be able to compete at next month’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view either as the pay-per-view is exactly six weeks from tomorrow.
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