There were lots of prayers going up yesterday for Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban, as he underwent hip replacement surgery.
And the report from the doctors is a good one. Dr. Lyle Cain said Monday the 67-year-old Saban is expected to make a full recovery and ''should be able to return to work in the very new future.'' Cain says the right hip replacement was ''robotic assisted'' at Andrews Sports Medicine, with hip specialist Benton Emblom.
Cain says Saban could now have ''a few more yards off the tee'' in his golf game.
Of course, it's not his golf game that most people are concerned about. Saban said after Alabama's spring game that he could need six to eight weeks of recovery.
Which means a fully recovered coach, just in time for football season....
A bit of a disclaimer... this is not the doctor or practice that performed Coach Saban's surgery. But I've interviewed Dr Matt Barber with Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic (one of my endorsement clients, which I've advertised for the past couple of years) several times about hip replacements and the new technology involved. And I thought you might want to get a better idea of the type of surgery that Coach Saban had, so here's a video from Dr Barber explaining the procedure: