Wednesday , Apr , 08 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Danilo Gallinari Should Return to Full Strength after Back Surgery

The back surgery performed on Danilo Gallinari on Tuesday is a low-risk procedure that should have no long-term consequences for the Knicks rookie, according to a New York-based spine expert.

The Knicks announced Tuesday morning that Gallinari had successful surgery, with a full recovery expected in six to eight weeks. During the procedure, known as a laminotomy, doctors shaved down a bony plate that was irritating a nearby nerve.

Although a back injury raises concerns for an elite athlete, Gallinari should not have any chronic problems based on this surgery, said Dr. Sheeraz Qureshi, an expert in cervical spine and lumbar disc surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He has not examined or treated Gallinari.