Bono has now been discharged from Ludwig Maximilians-University (LMU) Hospital in Munich where he underwent emergency surgery on Friday, following a back injury.
In order to fully recover, he is under doctor’s orders to start a rehabilitation program and to recuperate for at least eight weeks.
Dr Muller Wohlfahrt confirmed, ‘Bono suffered severe compression of the sciatic nerve.
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 Tonn at Munich’s LMU University Hospital on Friday.’
Professor Tonn, who carried out the operation, added, ‘Bono was referred to me by Dr Muller Wohlfahrt late last week with a sudden onset disease.
He was already in severe pain with partial paralysis in the lower leg.
The ligament surrounding the disc had an 8mm tear and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had traveled into the spinal canal.
This surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis.
Bono is now much better, with complete recovery of his motor deficit. The prognosis is excellent but to obtain a sustainable result, he must now enter a period of rehabilitation’.
Dr Muller Wohlfahrt continued, ‘We are treating Bono as we would treat any of our athletes and while the surgery has gone very well, the coming weeks are crucial for a return to full health.
In the next days, he will start a light rehabilitation program, with increasing intensity over the next 8 weeks.
In our experience, this is the minimum time.’
Following news of Bono’s recuperation period from surgery, Glastonbury Festival have confirmed that the band won’t be able to perform their headline slot next month. Bono and Michael Eavis of Glastonbury spoke by phone this morning.
Said Bono: ‘I’m heartbroken. We really wanted to be there to do something really special – we even wrote a song especially for the Festival.’
Said Michael Eavis: ‘It was obvious from our telephone conversation that U2 are hugely disappointed.
Clearly, they were looking forward to playing the Pyramid Stage as much as we were looking forward to watching them.
At this point, we have no comment to make about possible replacements for U2’s Friday night slot. Instead, we would simply like to send Bono our very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.’
Tour promoters Live Nation have confirmed that the 16 U2360Â° shows from Salt Lake City on June 3rd, through to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium on July 19th, will be rescheduled for 2011.
U2 tour producer/promoter Arthur Fogel, CEO of Live Nation Global Touring, said, ‘Although we understand the disappointment to U2 fans, first and foremost comes the recovery of Bono.’
Additional details on rescheduled dates will follow shortly and fans are encouraged to hold on to their tickets. We’ll have all the information on U2.com as soon as it’s confirmed.