Yesterday UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin underwent a surgical procedure known as foraminotomy to combat persistent pain in both his back and neck.

During the surgery which targeted his c5, c6 and c7 vertebrae bone and tissue was removed in order to clear the passageway and alleviate pressure on the nerves.

The good news is that hours later Carwin’s manager Jason Genet reported on twitter that the surgery had been carried out successfully.

“Shane Carwin is out of surgery and in the recovery room.  No complications during surgery, it took just under four hours to complete. The nerve damage was worse than the MRI showed, but they cleaned it up.”

Since then Carwin himself has been well enough to get back on twitter and assure fans that he was ok.

“I am alive:0) thanks for all your support.”

Hopefully the symptoms he had previously been experiencing for a number of years will now go away and he can concentrate 100% on working his way back to the UFC’s heavyweight title.

Prior to his surgery Carwin had suggested that if all went well he could be back in the octagon by March, but at this stage it’s very much a case of ‘wait and see’.