Slipknot’s Jim Root Is At 90 Percent After Spinal Disk Replacement Surgery

Slipknot, by Brent B Photography

Here’s some rare good news in 2016. Slipknot guitarist Jim Root underwent spinal disk replacement surgery back in October, and he has a very positive update for fans today. In his new chat with Jamey Jasta on “The Jasta Show,” Jim revealed that he is feeling about 90% of the way back after the much needed surgery.

Here’s an excerpt: “And he was, like, ‘Well, you have to do it, because you’ve got two blown-out disks in your neck. We need to replace C5 through C7 in your neck. It’s causing nerve damage, and the longer you let it go, the nerve damage could become permanent.’ Then that gives me anxiety and I start freaking out about it. But even more than that, I’m, like, ‘Does that mean I’m not gonna be able to bang my head anymore?’ ‘Cause, I mean, it’s muscle memory. After seventeen years-plus of playing guitar a certain way on stage, it’s hard to not do that. So especially right after that tour, I had to kind of rethink the way I was on stage, but hopefully it’ll get to the point where I’ll be able to do that again. They didn’t infuse [the disks]; they actually replaced them. I had it about two or three months ago, and it’s kind of been bugging me just where the surgery actually was. And there’s still a little bit of pain in my nerves, ’cause he said now my nerves are swollen and the paths that they go through, through my bones and vertebrae, it’s gonna hurt for a while. But pretty much I’d say I’m ninety percent now.

Listen to the full episode of “The Jasta Show” with Jim Root below!

Slipknot, photo by Susanne A. Maathuis