'Today' Show Host Al Roker Reveals He's Getting Hip Replacement Surgery
Popular weather forecaster, journalist, and television personality Al Roker will be taking time off from the screen as for a hip replacement surgery, as reported by Today.
"All of a sudden, I started feeling this twinge in my hip — and then my back was acting up. It seems like my hip went fairly quickly. In the last three months, my left hip has been deteriorating."
The surgery – which is a type of hip replacement, called a hip resurfacing — is arranged for Wednesday, September 18, the report continues. Hip resurfacing is a newer type of hip replacement that requires surgeons to trim the head of the thighbone and the impaired socket. The surgeon then places a metal cap over the bone to help it move effortlessly again; PEOPLE explains
"You are in a generation of people who have been told all their life to stay active, stay fit, go to the gym, work out, so people are wearing their joints out earlier and not wanting to give up those activities."
"Only Roker has surgery yesterday and comes in today and is going to be on Broadway Friday,"
the NBC co-anchor said about the father-of-two.
These surgeries have nothing on the American weather forecaster who recently went on a third trip to the Arctic. The trip was part of a NASA mission in Greenland to study the effects of climate change on the rapidly melting glaciers, and how sea levels are rising as a result.