12 celebrities who have undergone spinal surgeries


From herniated disc repairs to scoliosis treatments, a number of celebrities have undergone common, and less common, spinal procedures nationwide. 

Here are 12 celebrities and figureheads who have undergone spinal surgeries: 


Jennifer Grey, an actress known for starring in the film Dirty Dancing, underwent a discectomy for spine and neck pain and had a plate inserted to keep her spine aligned. 

George Clooney suffered a serious back injury that resulted in chronic pain. He has undergone several spine surgeries to treat his symptoms. 

Harrison Ford, an actor known for playing Indiana Jones, herniated a disc during the filming of Temple of Doom and underwent surgery to repair the condition. 

Charlize Theron injured her upper spine in 2004 on the set of a movie. She underwent neck fusion surgery several years later to repair the condition. 

Keanu Reeves, best known for his role in the Matrix franchise, underwent spinal surgery for spinal stenosis, a bulging disc and a fractured disc while he was training for his role in the film. 

Abby Lee Miller, star of the reality television series Dance Moms, had a multilevel laminectomy to address "excruciating neck pain." 

Jerry Lewis, a comedian by profession, sustained a spinal injury in 1965 and underwent four back surgeries to relieve pain.

Jackie Chan, martial arts actor, damaged his spinal cord while filming the movie Police Story and underwent a procedure, which he swiftly recuperated from. 


Bono, lead singer of the band U2, had emergency surgery to repair a torn ligament, herniated disc and severe compression of the sciatic nerve. 

Mick Mars, lead guitarist for Motley Crue, suffered from a hardening of the spinal cord and scoliosis. In 2004, he underwent hip replacement surgery to fix the issue.

Natalie Merchant, lead singer of the '90s band 10,000 Maniacs, underwent emergency surgery after a physician discovered that her spinal column was collapsing into her spinal cord. 


George W. Bush, former U.S. president, underwent surgery in 2013 to cure a persistent disc problem. 

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