Al Roker Posts Video From Hospital Bed

by Hunter Miller
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Al Roker is giving his fans and followers an update following his surgery. The “Today” show host says the doctors called his shoulder operation a “success.”

Earlier this week, Roker, 66, took to Instagram to upload a video from his hospital bed. He shared the post with the caption: “And scene! I’m out of surgery and recovery. Thanks for all the good wishes and prayers.”

In the video, Roker begins by saying, “I can’t lift my arm, but I’ve been told by Dr. Riley Williams my surgery was a success.”

While his surgery went well, Roker says that the road gets tougher in the foreseeable future. “Now comes the hard part of doing all the physical therapy, but that won’t start til Monday,” he said.

In conclusion, Roker expressed his gratitude for all those that wished him well in this process. “Anyway, thanks for all the well-wishes,” he said. And signing off with, “See you in the funny papers.”

After posting the video, thousands of fans flooded the comments section to offer words of support. “Prayers for a speedy recovery,” one user writes. “You look great, Al! God speed,” another commented.

Roker’s surgery took place on August 12 at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, reports. According to the website, this marks Roker’s second shoulder operation in six years. In 2014, he needed repairs on his rotator cuff on his left shoulder.

For his most recent surgery, Roker decided to take action after experiencing “intense pain” from arthritis. The overwhelming pain kept him up at night. “For the last month, I’ve only been sleeping about two or three hours a night, which even for me is a little bit less,” he said.

Al Roker reportedly appears to be well on the road to recovery. He expects to wear a sling for three weeks while undergoing physical therapy for about seven to 10 days.