There’s little that can stop THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Eric Braeden (Victor) — not even surgery! The daytime legend revealed on December 15 that he’d undergone a medical procedure to replace his knee, but that he was thankfully on the mend!
The Emmy winner shared the health update with his followers on Twitter, posting a photo snapped in a hospital room. Seemingly taken shortly after his operation, Braeden was dressed in a hospital gown in the photo, the IV line still taped to his hand. The actor was leaning on a walker — with his left leg wrapped in surgical dressings and an elastic bandage — but Braeden was in good spirits as he had one arm raised in a fist. “After knee replacement!” he wrote. “Thinking of you all!” He accentuated his comment with three red hearts and three flexed bicep emojis, indicating that he was not only sharing his love for his supporters but that he was feeling strong after his procedure.
Following knee replacement surgery, patients like Braeden usually start walking with a mobility device like a walker before they even leave the hospital. Patients can typically resume their normal activities about three to six weeks later, but usually need to use a walker or a cane as they recover. “I never stop moving!” Braeden replied to a follower who’d offered the advice to keep moving around. “They told me not to do too much!” While conversing with other well-wishers, Braeden confessed that the surgical team found three holes in his knee! “It was getting really bad,” the former soccer pro admitted. “Surgeon said years of impact had degenerated to the point of holes in the knee.”
Since Y&R shuts down production at the end of December each year around the holidays, it was the perfect time for Braeden to have his knee replaced and not have to worry about how his recovery and physical therapy would impact his schedule at the soap, like when he had to take three weeks off back in 2010 following hip surgery. “We are off now for 2 and a half weeks,” he explained. “So hopefully I’ll be able to go back then!”
We hope so, too! Please join us in wishing Braeden a speedy (and easy!) recovery!