Bono has been released from hospital
The 50-year-old U2 frontman was rushed to Munich`s Ludwig Maximilians University Hospital on Friday after injuring himself while preparing for the band`s upcoming North American concerts. His spine was reportedly so badly damaged he was partially paralysed, and had to undergo radical surgery quickly if he ever wanted to walk again.
The procedure was a success, and Bono has now been released from the facility. He will now undergo two months of intensive physiotherapy to ensure he fully recovers from the injury.
"Bono has now been discharged from Ludwig Maximilians-University Hospital in Munich (southern Germany) where he underwent emergency surgery on Friday, following a back injury," U2 posted on their official website.
The update on Bono`s condition included a statement for the surgeon who performed the operation, Joerg-Christian Tonn. The doctor said the star was suffering from severe compression of the sciatic nerve, a serious tear in the ligament and a herniated disc, and immediate surgery was the only way to fix it.
"He was in severe pain with partial paralysis in the lower leg," Tonn said. "The ligament surrounding the disc had an eight-millimetre tear and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had travelled into the spinal canal.
"Bono is now much better.... The prognosis is excellent but to obtain a sustainable result, he must now enter a period of rehabilitation. This surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis."
The Irish rockers yesterday announced that they were pulling out of their headline slot at British music festival Glastonbury next month, and postponing 16 US shows while Bono recovered. The singer said he was "heartbroken" to have to delay the shows.
Meanwhile, Led Zeppelin is reportedly being lined up to replace U2 at Glastonbury. Guitarist Jimmy Page is said to be planning to reunite his band for another one-off performance at the annual festival. The group last reunited for one show in 2007.
Coldplay and British rapper Dizzee Rascal have also been mentioned as possible replacements.