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WWE's Robert Roode undergoes spinal fusion surgery

Roode has been out of the ring since June.
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WWE's Robert Roode has undergone spinal fusion surgery. 

Roode, who has been out of action since June of this year, announced on his Instagram account Friday that he has had surgery on his cervical spine fusing the C5/C6 vertebrae. 

According to Johns Hopkins medicine, the "ACDF procedure is performed to treat a damaged disc in the neck area of the spine."

The Mayo Clinic describes different types of spinal fusion, and Roode appears to have undergone a fusion through an incision in the front of the neck.

Dr. Andy Cordover of the renowned Andrews Sports Medicine team in Birmingham, Alabama performed the surgery.

Roode posted: 

Big thank you to Dr Andy Cordover and his amazing staff at @andrews_sports_medicine and St Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham Alabama

C5/6 fusion is complete. Now the work begins.

Recovery and Rehabilitation.

Looking forward to the challenge 💪

Thanks @deneane__17 😘❤️
You’re the best.

Roode has been on WWE's main roster since 2017. He signed with the company in 2016 and had a run on the NXT brand in 2016-2017, including holding the NXT Championship for 200-plus days. Roode's main roster title history includes two Raw Tag Team title reigns, a SmackDown tag team title reign, and a United States Championship reign. 

Prior to his WWE run, Roode was an Impact Wrestling/TNA mainstay, holding Tag Team titles in that promotion six times, as well as two reigns with the TNA World title.