Back surgeon provides insight on Romo's procedure

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo speaks to reporters after a 24-23 victory over Washington on December 22, 2013.



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Posted on December 27, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 27 at 11:05 PM

DALLAS – Official word from Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett came Friday morning.

Tony Romo was out -- really, without-a-doubt out.

“Tony Romo underwent back surgery this morning, and the surgery was a result of what happened in the game against Washington,” Garrett said at Friday morning’s press conference.

“As we discussed it, as the day wore on, we thought this was the best decision for him and for our organization moving forward, and we felt like it was better do to the procedure sooner rather than later,” he said.

But what was that procedure?

Reports are that Romo's injury was likely a herniated disk. We called Texas Health Presbyterian in Plano for perspective.

“The fact that he had his injury on Sunday and is having surgery just less than a week later tells me it was a pretty severe herniation,” said Dr. Rey Bosita. He is not treating Romo, but works with the system’s Texas Back Institute.

He said the quick decision is telling.

“He probably had either a lot of pain or a lot of weakness that forced the doctors to act that quickly,” Dr. Bosita said.

As for Romo's surgery Friday morning? It likely lasted 30 minutes to an hour-and-a-half, depending on the severity.

The athlete was expected to be home recovering by Friday night, which Bosita said is typical.

“Physical therapy will start within two weeks after surgery and usually full recovery is six-to-eight weeks after the surgery is done," the doctor said. "So for all the cowboys fans that are thinking about next season, he should be pretty fully recovered well before training camp starts."

Kyle Orton will be starting at quarterback Sunday night as the Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles with the season on the line.