What's wrong with Bono? We have the scoop
U2 fans are still waiting to find out exactly what happened to Bono to send the frontman to a Munich hospital late last week. U2 announced today that it will postpone its North American tour until 2011. And the band released details of Bono's condition.
“Bono suffered severe compression of the sciatic nerve," Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt said in a Live Nation press release. "On review of his MRI scan, I realized there was a serious tear in the ligament and a herniated disc, and that conservative treatment would not suffice. I recommended Bono have emergency spine surgery with Professor Tonn at Munich’s LMU University Hospital on Friday.”
Bono has since been discharged from the hospital and is under doctor's orders to start a rehabilitation program and to recuperate for at least eight weeks.
That means no U2 360° Tour this year, including the July 9 show scheduled for Miami's Sun Life Stadium.
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“Bono was referred to me by Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt late last week with a sudden onset disease," Tonn told Live Nation. "He was already in severe pain with partial paralysis in the lower leg. The ligament surrounding the disc had an 8mm tear and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had traveled into the spinal canal. This surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis. Bono is now much better, with complete recovery of his motor deficit. The prognosis is excellent, but to obtain a sustainable result, he must now enter a period of rehabilitation."
Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt continued, "We are treating Bono as we would treat any of our athletes, and while the surgery has gone very well, the coming weeks are crucial for a return to full health."
Fans are encouraged to hold onto their tickets and wait for more news from U2 on the 2011 tour.