TUSCALOOSA — Alabama fans can breathe a little easier now.
Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban underwent "successful robotic-assisted right hip replacement surgery" Monday, according to a statement issued through the Alabama athletics communications department by team surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain of the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham.
"Coach Saban underwent successful robotic assisted right hip replacement surgery this afternoon with our hip specialist, Dr. Benton Emblom and the team at Andrews Sports Medicine," Cain said in a one-paragraph statement released Monday evening. "Coach is resting comfortably and we anticipate a full recovery. He should be able to return to work in the very near future, and we’ll have him back out on the golf course, with hopefully a few more yards off the tee, as soon as possible."
Saban announced after the A-Day spring game earlier this month that he'd likely undergo a procedure to address a "bothersome" hip issue he's been dealing with all spring.
“I’ve been struggling a little bit with one of my hips,” Saban said April 13. “And even though they don’t make them like they used to and most players would not be able to perform in spring practice like I did if they had a similar situation, because nobody could even tell, but … we’re going to do an evaluation of this at the end of spring, but they say even if it’s the worst-case scenario, it may be six or eight weeks.”
The procedure was performed Monday afternoon, and both Cain and Saban appear confident the 67-year-old coach can get back to work in short order.
"I don’t want to go into the fall with this being a problem," Saban said after A-Day. "I want to get it fixed because, you know, I don’t one to coach for one more year, I want to coach for a lot more years."