Rafael Nadal To Undergo Surgery To Remove Appendix Today
by Tom Gainey | November 3rd, 2014, 12:36 pm
  • 63 Comments

On a day when the ATP released the groupings for the Barclays Finals, Rafael Nadal was scheduled to undergo surgery to remove his inflamed appendix today.

Before the operation, Nadal even posted this photo on facebook:

The procedure will be done by Dr. Segura in Barcelona. After a few more days to recover in the hospital, Nadal is expected to be back on the court in 3-4 weeks time if all goes well.

Rafa announced last month that he had appendicitis.

POST-SURGERY PIC:


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63 Comments for Rafael Nadal To Undergo Surgery To Remove Appendix Today

jane Says:

wishing nadal a speedy recovery.


adriana Says:

I hope he’ll be back soon. It’s not the same without Rafa.


Hippy Chick Says:

I hope all goes well,but its all kind of in poor taste,let the man have his privacy….


Humble Rafa Says:

The doctor also advises that I stay away from the internet to avoid any bad news during my recovery.


Giles Says:

So glad everything went according to plan. Now hoping for a swift recovery.
Good luck Champ!


jane Says:

hippy according to the article, rafa posted that picture and update on FB so i don’t think he is worried about privacy in this case?


Polo Says:

I saw the same news online but with this update:
UPDATE: The surgery, a spokesman for Nadal told the Associated Press, was successful. Nadal will remain in the hospital for up to two days to recover.


Polo Says:

By the way, allegedly, it was Nadal himself who posted this photo. Maybe he did it for his fans so they would not worry too much seeing him looking relaxed pre-op.


Hippy Chick Says:

Jane ok fair enough,im not after an argument(sigh)….


Hippy Chick Says:

Polo maybe he did?anyway as Skeezer would say life and tennis goes on….


Giles Says:

HC. Don’t you remember Del Potro posting a pic from his hospital bed? What is the big deal? Sigh!


Hippy Chick Says:

Giles im glad all went well,i just think he should be left in peace to recover,still its his choice i suppose….


jane Says:

murray also posted a picture after his back surgery. it seems to be a thing now. and i am sure it’s just to keep fans informed.


Hippy Chick Says:

I think i much prefer pictures of them on a tennis court rather than a hospital bed….


brando GOAT poster Says:

Muzza, delpo also posted photos, Fed and nole cited information on their significant other bearing their children and others probably have posted what they had for lunch! ! Lol if the player volunteer the info themselves then exactly is the privacy issue here? Especially in a case like this where rafa May have thought: hey posting a photo seeming well May not be a bad thing to do considering some out there are mindful I have operation today, May even soothe their concerns!! Silly rafa not minding his privacy,lol!


Humble Rafa Says:

I will also post a picture of my removed appendix after the surgery for the resident doctors in this forum to make a collective decision on whether my surgery was a good idea. The forum, no doubt, will have a poll.


Hippy Chick Says:

like i say his choice….


Polo Says:

The photos posted by Nadal were not icky. The worst photo I ever got was from a FB “friend” who had a hysterectomy and posted her excised uterus and a selfie of her abdominal incisions. It was the most horrible thing anybody could ever do. I unfriended her immediately. I had the urge to send her to a psychiatrist.


Giles Says:

ATP World Tour. We wish you a speedy recovery Champ.
Posted on Rafa’s Facebook.


jane Says:

omg polo! that’s what you call “too much information!”


Hippy Chick Says:

Robbie Williams posted a picture of his wife giving birth,she wasnt very happy to say the least….


Wog Boy Says:

HC,
I actually liked Robbie Williams video singing while his wife was giving birth and I liked when she told him to shut up:) he looks like a cheeky bugger.


Wog Boy Says:

Good luck with recovery Rafa, waiting for you in Melbourn.


Polo Says:

I think it’s an illness, this compulsion to share selfies/photos with the public regardless of how irrelevant they may be to others. It’s a form of narcissism. As regards Nadal, I believe it is more of a reassurance to his fans because he gets tons of messages all over the world that wish him well.


Wog Boy Says:

^^Melbourne


Wog Boy Says:

@Polo,

I think it is rather human nature than illness…since Adam and Eve…show off, I mean to walk (un)dressed like that and then to go for that apple, if it wasn’t for the apple the world would look different today..


Hippy Chick Says:

Wogboy i love Robbie too,Nole reminds me of Robbie,not in looks,but that cheeky chappie kind of SOH,whos also quite sensitive,lol i dont think Ada was too pleased with what he did,but then again thats our Robbie :))….


Hippy Chick Says:

Wogboy also thanks for the well wishes regarding Rafa,your very sweet :-D….


Hippy Chick Says:

Wogboy women take their clothes off for money for top shelf magazines like Playboy,Penthouse etc,all for the pleasure of men,i can think why men enjoy it,but what could a woman possibly get out of it?….


Wog Boy Says:

HC, I will have a guess (since I am not a woman), maybe they like to be worshiped, to be desired, to feel appreciation of their beauty…look what Eve did to stupid Adam, that is us,men..


Hippy Chick Says:

Wogboy true,and if youve got it flaunt it as the saying goes,some sort of power trip thing,that women feel they have over men,strange women call men sexist,and yet some have no qualms about taking their clothes off for men and money,such double standards lol….


Wog Boy Says:

HC, I think we went off topic, Rafa fans can get upset with me for hijacking Rafa’s thread and I don’t want that…besides, I have to go out to by some oysters and prawns, it is Melbourne cup today, the day when Australia stops at 3pm to watch biggest race in southern hemisphere and tradition is to have some oysters and prawns and some bubble, and put some money on the horse. The only day in the year when I bet. I am yet to pick the horse, there is more English and Irish horses this year than ever, even one American, methinks.


Wog Boy Says:

HC, just to have an idea what I am talking about:

http://youtu.be/zAT2lLSK_Oo

Sorry Rafa fans, last one, promise.


mat4 Says:

@WB:

Black Caviar or Makybe Diva?


Wog Boy Says:

mat4, they are both retired, I liked Black Caviar, beauty of the horse.

I just broke my promise:(


dari Says:

Murray’s post back surgery foto was better, haha. He was so drugged and cute.
In all seriousness, though,wish Rafa all the best in health!


django Says:

Good luck rafa. Have a speedy recovery


Sivaji Says:

Thanks for the News Polo. Wish Nadal a Speedy Recovery.


Okiegal Says:

So glad the surgery is over for Rafa. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

Wish I could get excited about the year end stuff, but tbh my heart’s not it in. But I do wish all the fans of their favorites the best of luck……the way Novak is playing, they’re going to need it. He has the hot racquet at the moment! I hope Andy does well.

Vamos Rafa……looking forward to Aussie Open!


Michael Says:

I wish he had performed this surgery much earlier although it is always better late than never. I wish him a very speedy recovery and Rafa’s presence is always needed in the circuit for there is a big void in the top by his absence and only his reentry can rekindle the competition to top gear. Comeback for Rafa is not going to be easy with a resurgent Novak. But as always Rafa has got this overt knack to surprise with his brilliance and he has been the master of come backs. So, why not it will be any different this time considering his tenacity and never say die attitude ?


Hippy Chick Says:

Michael im not expecting Rafa to dominate the tour,but who says Novak will either,dont you think that he too will have new challenges next year?….


Hippy Chick Says:

Wogboy nice scenery,many thanks for the link,hope you had a great time,we have Royal Ascot here,and the Grand National at Aintree,we also have the Cheltanam Gold Cup,must be the only times i actually have a flutter on the horses,i do our national lottery too,but im not a serious gambler,as i cant afford it….


Michael Says:

Alison,

True, Novak has stiff challenges too, but they are not as formidable and daunting as Rafa would be entangled with. Luckily for Novak, he is physically strong which is half battle won before the onset of war. Rafa on the other hand is battling physical issues and that is always a serious drag on your overall performance. I hope after the surgery, Rafa feels hale and hearty and just has to concentrate only on his game rather than his body. If that happens, then he would be unstoppable.


Marcin Says:

Stay healthy Rafa. Hopefully he will be ready for Australian Open to take charge for the title! He is the best fighter ever


Okiegal Says:

@Michael 11:54…..Nice post. I wish Rafa had done his surgery a lot earlier too. Just think, he would be well on the road to recovery by now. I guess he felt the need to fulfill his tournament obligation. Do you think by him playing that will quell all the negative talk about Rafa always trying to cop out because of an injury?? I certainly hope so…..but in all reality, I seriously doubt it.

VAMOS RAFA…..get well!!


Daniel Says:

I know Nadal surgery is not tennis related but was tjinking if it ever happened before: have anybody ever won a Slam after a surgery in tennis?!
So far Hewitt, Kuerten, Nalbandian, Murray abd DelPotro didn’t. Just a few I recall from memory.


Hippy Chick Says:

I wonder if Nadal will be the exception to the rule?….


Perfect fan Says:

Godspeed Rafa….

Get-well-soon and kick-up some storm, down under :)


Hippy Chick Says:

Perfect Fan aww sweet post, i must admit to actually been quite bitter about my favorite not playing ATM,and usually most people who know me in the real world know im nothing like that really….


elina Says:

Deja vu?

Daniel, those players have won 2, 3, 0, 2 and 1 slams respectively so we are comparing apples and oranges here right off the bat.

It seems that not so long ago so many wrote that Nadal would never be the same after his seven month layoff and that the game had passed him by. Well he won three of the last six slams he entered since plus a final to boot.

Blah blah age blah blah things are different now apparently. I’m sure this time is not the same as last time.

No single player has outright dominated the slams at the moment so they are ripe for the picking.

I for one won’t be surprised if Nadal has an amazing 2015 (just like 2013 after an injury plagued 2012 and 2010 after an injury plagued 2009).

Oh wait, I forgot, he wasn’t injured at all. He was busy taking drugs, serving a silent ban and/or faking injury to retool his game.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. (Until proven otherwise.)


Daniel Says:

elina,

I know this player won few Slams but htey were juat the case I remebmber who were sidelined by injuries.

I was just wondering as neither DelPo nor Murray who we all expecf to win more Slams at least at some point will be able to do so after surgery and want to check here if any ody knows a player who had surgery to any tennis issue and went on to win Slams.

Nadal case will be an exception becuase even if he wins Major after this surgey which is not tennis related won’t enter in the scenario I was looking for informatio.

I am not saying Nadal won’t win Slams becausof is surgery. Just the topic of “surgery” made me winder about that.


michael Says:

Okiegal,

Thanks. To play or not to play ? Rafa was indeed in a very dicey situation where he couldn’t make out his mind and he had to pay for it on terms of adverse results. There was also this perception that he was faking his injuries to
camouflage his failures. It was really a very difficult situation to be in. But Rafa had few options and finally has to succumb to the inevitable in the form of surgery.


elina Says:

Who’s perception michael. Context matters I would counter. Just fans on internet forums (or non-fans) as far as I’m aware.

Daniel, agreed. I still think Murray and Del Potro have more slams to add as well as Nadal.


SG1 Says:

Rafa’s finally behind in a match up. Surgeon leads match-up against Rafa;1 removed appendix to – 0.


SG1 Says:

All kidding aside, wishing Rafa a quick recovery.


Perfect fan Says:

Thanx HC :))….and dnt ya worry abt rafa not playing atm.

He’s my favourite to complete his double-career-slam, come JAN. The bull’s gonna return with VENGEANCE.. ;)


Michael Says:

Elina,

Well it was the perception of some anti-Rafa columnists, competitor fan clubs etc., who framed this pet theory that Rafa was over exaggerating his physical problems to earn psychological advantage in matches.But a wide secular view would tamely negate that theory.


elina Says:

An educated guess is that these columnists are of the internet fan forum type, and not the traditionally accepted media sources tennis.com, si.com, telegraph, BBC, ESPN, etc. which is to be expected for self-serving reasons I’m afraid.

Speaks more to their own character and professionalism. Not Nadal’s.


SG1 Says:

Daniel Says:
I know Nadal surgery is not tennis related but was tjinking if it ever happened before: have anybody ever won a Slam after a surgery in tennis?!
So far Hewitt, Kuerten, Nalbandian, Murray abd DelPotro didn’t. Just a few I recall from memory.

——————-

The answer is a resounding yes. Andre Agassi had serious wrist surgery in the middle of his career. I think he actually won most of his majors after the surgery…but don’t hold me to that statistic.


SG1 Says:

And Agassi wasn’t Nadal by a longshot.


elina Says:

SG1, 7 of 8 post surgery for Agassi.

Nadal will be even better now!


skeezer Says:

@SG1
RE;12:36
“I think he actually won most of his majors after the surgery…but don’t hold me to that statistic.”
Yes and it was also after he quit eating @ Mcdonalds.

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