Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk took to social media to announce that he had his demur surgically aligned and will ‘taking it slow’ before getting back on his board.
“To those seeing pics of me using a cane and assuming it is a permanent situation: I had my femur surgically realigned 2 weeks ago in order to get back to what I love doing at a high level,” he wrote on Twitter. “And I’m taking it slow this time around. See you on the other side.”
This announcement comes a few weeks after he made an appearance during Detroit’s Thanksgiving parade, to which he faced scrutiny for not being able to do any tricks. However, the professional skater revealed it was because of his femur injury.
“My apologies; it was hard enough skating through the whole parade on my misaligned femur,” he wrote on social media at the time. “Surgery is scheduled for next week to put it back in place.”
However, Hawk said on Instagram only a few days later that skating on his misaligned femur further propelled the injury. “My femur never fully connected at the fracture site (non-union and varus angulation as they say in the biz) and has only grown further apart on one side of my leg,” the 54-year-old wrote.
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Tony Hawk says fans were correct about him getting ‘back on my skateboard too soon.’
Hawk continued and expressed the sentiments, “To all of the people saying I got back on my skateboard too soon and was pushing too hard with my early recovery, especially my dear wife: you were absolutely correct.”
He went on to note that he was “too cavalier in my approach to skating” following his injury, which included obvious warning sings that would indicate he is in no shape for intense physical activity. This caused his femur to shift the bone placement and never fuse properly.
“I don’t blame anybody but myself for this major setback, and I would turn back time if it was a viable option,” Hawk added. “I am thankful to get a “do-over” of sorts and hopeful that I can make a fuller recovery this time by having more patience and fewer expectations.”
Hawk concluded, “It’s gonna be a slow, delicate process in the coming months but I plan to emerge stronger, wiser, and more thankful than ever.”
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