Al Roker will be taking a temporary leave of absence from the “Today” show to undergo hip replacement surgery.
The “Today” show co-host, 65, shared the news with fans on Tuesday after dealing with unrelenting hip pain for the last three months.
“All of a sudden, I started feeling this twinge in my hip — and then my back was acting up,” Roker said. “It seems like my hip went fairly quickly.”
Adding, “My left hip has been deteriorating, and I decided, let me go get it taken care of.”
On Wednesday, Roker says he will get hip resurfacing surgery, a new type of surgery which will trim the head of the thighbone and the damaged socket, and place a metal cap over the bone to help the bone move smoothly again.
“What I really needed was someone to carry me in a Baby Bjorn,” he joked. “That would’ve been just great.”
Roker’s experience with the new surgery will be documented for “Today”.
According to Roker, he’s hoping to be back on TV by Sept. 30.