Dr. Joseph Maroon, who performed the surgery, said that Cena could start working out as early as next week and should be back in the ring in the next 2-4 months. The earliest you can expect him back would be Survivor Series or at the latest, The Royal Rumble 2009.
Dr. Maroon told the WWE website, â<80><9c>We performed a microsurgical removal of a large disk fragment compression on the spinal cord which was weakening the nerve leading to the right arm,” He also said, “We created a small incision in the front of the neck using an operating microscope to remove the fragment from the spinal cord and nerve. The operation took approximately an hour and a half.”
The basic feeling within WWE is that the company and Cena were both extremely lucky the injury wasn’t worse, as it could have necessitated fusion surgery.