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[UPDATE]YOSHIKI goes under the knife!


X-Japan leader, YOSHIKI, returned to L.A. this month to have surgery done. He was diagnosed with having a “hole” in his vertebrae on 7/26. YOSHIKI has been suffering from a chornic disease, in which entails the deterioration of his vervical vertebrae. The cause of this disease started over several years ago due to his ‘violent’ drum playing. Just last year after the re-formation of X-Japan and a 3-day show at Tokyo Dome, his injury has been getting worse.

According to his staff, YOSHIKI will be admitted into the hospital on 7/27 and is scheduled to have surgery at 8AM (PST). YOSHIKI feels this is the best way for him to continue on with his future. The surgery will be on 7

On 7/26, one fan wrote on his official website, “I believe this is the best decision for him to move forward.”

A family doctor stated that YOSHIKI will need several weeks and at least one month of rehabilitation to recover from the operation. He needs to stay in bed and complete rest to make a full recovery. If after several months there is no improvement, YOSHIKI may need to re-consider having another surgery.

From x-japan:
“Drummer, pianist and X JAPAN band leader, Yoshiki, will undergo neck surgery on Monday, July 27, 2009 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Neel Anand, Director of the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center, will perform a cervical foraminotomy.

Due to his intense drumming style, Yoshiki developed a worsening of his neck pain and left hand numbness over the past month, affecting his music performance. His condition has been evaluated by doctors in the U.S. and Japan. Yoshiki underwent a spinal x-ray series, an MRI of the spine, and an EMG. After seeking second and third opinions on the diagnosis and treatment, he concluded that the foraminotomy was necessary for the cervical foraminal stenosis.

Yoshiki’s primary physician at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Tommy H. Tomizawa (UCLA Assistant Professor), states that he will need a few weeks to recover from the surgery and a month or more of rehabilitation. If his condition does not improve over the next several months, laminectomy, discectomy and spinal fusion would be considered. Artificial disc placement would be another treatment of choice.”

Now I know this is a serious matter, as we all know YOSHIKI is an important player in J-Pop. But seriously YOSHIKI, maybe that ‘hole’ you have is a sign, that you need to stop playing, you’re at an age where you’re body can’t take it anymore. I understand you want to be forever young, and as much botox and plastic you get, you may look like it, but obviously you’re body isn’t. Aside from that, I do hope the surgery is successful and that you make a full recovery. While you’re at it, you might want to ask them to re-do you’re nose. I’m sure MJ’s doctor is still in town.

source: sanspo

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