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Florida forward Kenny Kadji may be facing back surgery



Florida forward Kenny Kadji may have to consider the option of back surgery if the current treatments he's receiving for his disc problem don't alleviate the pain, UF coach Billy Donovan said Tuesday morning.

Kadji, a 6-foot-4, 248 pound sophomore, has been hampered by a bulging and herniated disc the entire season. He has played in just eight games for a total of 45 minutes.

"I don't expect him right now to be back anytime soon,'' Donovan said. "He's still getting therapy on his back. They've given him some injections to try and reduce the bulge that he's got, the herniation he's got in his disc that's on his nerve right now. And I think we'll go through these procedures to see where he's at, then throw him back in practice to see how he responds. I think that if it doesn't respond well to that, and he still has the pain going down his leg and the numbness, I think what's probably going to end up happening is he'll probably have to make a decision with his family does he want to do back surgery. And anytime you're doing surgery, that to me comes down to more of a family decision of what they want to do.''

Donovan, who suffers from a bad lower back, said he understands what Kadji is going through, but Donovan is absolutely is trying to avoid ever having surgery/ But he said he realizes he's not running, jumping and trying to play college basketball. He said the decision Kadji and his family may have to make most likely will rest on whether he'll be able to play like he wants to without having the surgery.

"I think that's the decision he'll have to make,'' Donovan said.

Florida will open SEC play at Vanderbilt Saturday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:34pm]


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