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JB Holmes to have brain surgery next week

J.B. Holmes is having brain surgery next week at Johns Hopkins to fix a cerebellum abnormality. Terry Reilly, Holmes’ manager, called it a “non-life threatening” procedure. Still, any medical procedure involving the brain is very serious. Holmes has a condition called Chiari Malformation, which causes dizziness, headaches and problems with vision, balance, and coordination.

“They think it’s congenital and the procedure is very non-invasive,” Reilly said. “If everything goes according to schedule he could be hitting balls in a month.”

Thoughts and prayers go out to J.B. and his family for a smooth operation and a speedy recovery.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

18 Comments for JB Holmes to have brain surgery next week



  1. Red Rooster
    10:32 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Ditto



  2. cracka
    10:45 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    andy dalton is playing like he wants to backup andrew luck



  3. CliffFrankLou
    10:49 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Non-invasive? Think again



  4. Chicks Dig the Long Ball
    10:55 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, prayers and best wishes to JB.



  5. tom
    10:56 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Can someone brief me on who this young man is. Have been out of the area for a number of years. I assume he was a football team member at some point. Thanks



  6. beau
    10:59 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    5) He’s a professional golfer on the PGA Tour who used to play at UK. He’s a die-hard Cats fan (has the UK logo on his golf bag) and has won a few times on tour as well as being a former Ryder Cup member.



  7. TonyDelk00
    11:09 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    I’m currently taking medication for the exact same thing, but my condition is not as bad as his. Any slight movement of the head can cause inflammation resulting in debilitating migraines. I only know of skull decompression surgery that fixes this. With the procedure, the brain is not touched and parts of the skull are removed. My prayers are with him.

    5. Former UK golfer, now Pro



  8. Carl Spackler
    11:10 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Big hitter, that JB. Looooong.



  9. Pokey Chapman
    11:29 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Sad to hear but at least I know why he withdrew from the PGA tournament last weekend.



  10. Carl
    11:42 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Good luck JB !!



  11. UKfanNKY
    12:44 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Prayers go out to him and his Family….From ALL of us @ the BIG BLUE NATION.



  12. Drew Greene
    1:14 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Pretty incredible that he’s played so well given the circumstances. Good luck, JB.



  13. Number 8
    1:25 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Best wishes to jb! He’s a great competitor on the course and hope to see him back there soon.



  14. tom
    1:47 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    6) Thanks beau. WIsh the young man well.



  15. NashvilleCat
    2:16 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Good luck JB. You make all Kentucky golfers proud.



  16. Nashville Joe
    2:19 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Prayers go out to JB and family. My father had this surgery about 10 years ago and is unfortunately still experiencing some of the symptoms that the docs had hoped would be addressed through the procedure. The procedure is still extremely rare and therefore the docs don’t really know for sure how each patient will respond.

    On a cool side note, not sure if this is still part of the procedure or not, but my father now has part of a cow’s heart in his head. This is used to hold up the cerebellum after removing the top vertebrae.



  17. wildbluecatfan
    3:06 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sure glad that the folks in Baltimore have figured out how to do “non-invasive” brain surgery. Despite this silly comment, hope all goes well and you’re on the links in short order.



  18. Mike Perry
    4:17 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    God bless JB hope your hitting balls soon!!