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Shaquille O’Neal, 51, Reveals the TRUTH Behind His Hospital Visit That Left Fans Concerned

After posting a photo of himself bedridden in a doctor’s office, Shaquille O’Neal openly discussed the real reason behind his hospital visit.

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Last week, the famous athlete made headlines after scaring fans with an unexpected picture in the hospital. Rather than hosting his typical NBA on TNT episode, he was watching his co-hosts with an IV attached to him. “I’m always watching @TurnerSportsEJ and @Candace_Parker miss y’all,” he wrote on Twitter, attaching a photo of him from the hospital bed.

While this sudden photo shocked many, the retired basketball player was pleased to say he was not experiencing a medical emergency. According to Shaq himself, he was getting his hip replaced and is having an excellent recovery process.

“To all the people who are worried and concerned. first off, let me say thank you,” O’Neal wrote on Twitter after countless people questioned if he was doing well. He went on to explain, “And lastly, no need to worry, just had to get some BBL WORK AKA #hipreplacement. Thanks, and love you all. but no need to worry, and yes I’m fine.”

Shaquille O'Neal, 51, Reveals the TRUTH Behind His Hospital Visit That Left Fans Concerned – After posting a photo of himself bed ridden in a doctor's office, Shaquille O'Neal openly discussed the real reason behind his hospital visit.
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Despite the slight hiccup in the road, O’Neal most recently expressed a desire to get back in the gym once he is cleared by doctors to do so. In a recent interview with PEOPLE, the 51-year-old former NBA star discussed continuing his weight loss journey one week after having surgery.

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“I just had to take a couple of weeks off because I had to get this hip surgery, but I’m going to jump back on,” said O’Neal. “So hopefully, this summer, you’ll see a couple of billboards of me with my shirt off.”

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Since December, Shaq openly discussed his drive to lose weight and is only 20 lbs. away from reaching his “ultimate” goal weight. Although the hip surgery is a hindrance, he refused to let it set him back from reaching his goal.

“I think it’s a blessing in disguise because I can’t move around a lot, but my gym is at the house,” O’Neal added of his experience. “So I know I don’t want to put on any pounds right now, so I gotta wake up every day, take my medicine, and when I go to the gym and do my rehab, I’m going to get some weights and some cardio in.”

“I had the surgery last Thursday, so today marks a week, so I’m going to see if I can move without the crutches, but I definitely got to start working out today,” he continued. “I don’t like to talk about it. I like to show.”

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