Shane Carwin underwent surgery yesterday to attempt to fix a problem with his back and the good news is that it appears to have been successful.

The UFC heavyweight star had to have a bulging disc operated on, and as it turned out, during the operation the doctor also noticed that he had a herniated disc and was able to correct that as well.

“My doctor was surprised that I could do what I do with my back in such bad shape,” Carwin revealed in a post on the UG forum earlier today. “He said I am as good as new now. That mountain top does not look so far away.”

Carwin now faces a lengthy spell of rehab to get back to full fitness that will more than likely keep him out of the Octagon until the summer of 2012.