Last summer, 62-year-old Steven Tyler of Aerosmith took a tumble on the stage while touring, and broke his shoulder and injured his head and neck. The band had to call off the rest of the 2009 tour.
In some ways, noted the Edge in the interview, it may be a blessing in disguise that this injury came up before the tour began
"Knowing him, he'll want to take some shortcuts and get ahead of himself, [but] we'll be there to chain him down if need be," he said.
"He needs to listen to his body," said Hecht, and allow full recuperation because the biggest complication from this surgery is reherniating the same disc by going back to activity too soon, which occurs 5 to 8t percent of the time.
With care and proper recovery, "the vast majority of these cases go back to [their] life and usual activities," Hecht said, "including being a rock star."