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Flyers' Pronger recovering after surgery

12:15 PM, May 12, 2011   |    comments
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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing back surgery on Thursday.

The procedure, which was called a discectomy, took place in New York and was performed by Dr. Frank Cammisa at The Hospital for Special Surgery.

"Surgery went very well," said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. "A disc fragment that was pressing up against a nerve was removed. Chris will begin a walking rehab in a few days. At week six post surgery, he will begin core strengthening."

The 36-year-old Pronger played in just 50 regular-season games in 2010-11, his fewest since a season-ending injury limited him to five games with the Blues in 2002-03.

Pronger appeared in only three playoff games of the 11 the Flyers played.

Holmgren also updated the statuses of forward Kris Versteeg and goaltender Michael Leighton.

Versteeg underwent successful surgery to repair two tears in his abdominal wall. He is expected to begin rehab in 10 days.

Leighton, meanwhile, had surgery to repair a torn labrum on Wednesday and will begin rehab in a few days.

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