Al Roker has announced that he will undergo a total shoulder replacement due to his arthritis.
On Tuesday’s broadcast of “Today,” the legendary weather forecaster revealed he will be out for the rest of the week because of his operation.
“It’s not bad during the day, but at night it’s an intense pain that literally wakes me up,” the 65-year-old said about the pain in his right shoulder. “For the last month, I’ve only been sleeping about two or three hours a night, which even for me is a little bit less.”
“It’s gotten to the point where I can’t even sleep at night, and [his doctor, Riley Williams III, has] been helping me limp along and finally shared with me I needed to get it replaced,” Roker continued.
Dr. Williams, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, also appeared on the morning show and noted that the surgery is “really designed to just basically restore the normal joint services so that arthritic, achy pain that he’s been having and waking him up at night can go away and we can kind of get him back on a road to recovery.”
“What you can expect after having a shoulder replacement is 25-plus years of really good function, provided you do all the requisite things after surgery [like] getting good healing, good nutrition, and physical therapy to re-strengthen the muscles around the shoulder,” the physician added. “It really, really is life-changing and can bring you back to a point where you don’t even realize that you had the shoulder operated on in the first place.”
Following the procedure, Roker will wear a sling for three weeks and will undergo seven to 10 days of physical therapy.
The television personality previously repaired the rotator cuff in his left shoulder in 2014, had a total hip replacement on his right hip in 2019, and had separate surgeries on both of his knees.
“The deal is that I’m going to have replaced everything by 2027,” he joked.
Good luck on your surgery, Al!