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Don Dokken says surgery trauma on the hands will last a year

Don Dokken 2020

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Don Dokken says surgery trauma on the hands will last a year

Don Dokken, leader of Dokken admitted he didn’t expect so much “trauma” to follow his recent spine surgery, but he added that he hoped to be fully recovered within a year.


After saying his hands were “dead” due to a spine surgery trauma, Don Dokken said he expects to be fully recovered in a year.

Don Dokken told Classic Metal Show:

“I’d say it’s like one percent a day improvement. My hand or my arms has nothing to do with my singing. I can go onstage and sing. I’ve now become a leftie.

“I’m right-handed, man. And it’s a learning curve when you have to do everything with your left hand. It’s a bit weird. The right hand and the arm, honestly, it’s probably gonna be a year before it’s back. But that’s better than never.”

Dokken said the problem is that he is lazy and that’s why is difficult to keep up with all the therapy regime he should follow.

But I’m doing it. I have no choice. And luckily, I have such great people around me, between the 8 million doctors and my family and everything, pushing me to lift weights and get on the bike and walk the dogs and get out and do something, just to kind of build up my body strength.”

The biggest sadness is not being able to play guitar:

“I can only think positive and hope that someday I’ll get to play guitar again. “So I’m just gonna go out and tour and sing. And everything is good. Every day I wake up and things are a little bit better. I can do this, or I can do that.”

He said he never never expected so much trauma as a result of the surgery:

“But then I see stuff on the internet, like I’m on my deathbed. I’m, like, no, actually, I’m driving and hiking with the dogs. I’ve got my cane. I’m out there and about. It was a bit of a shock, honestly, when I came out of surgery. Who goes into surgery and wakes up and they’re completely paralyzed? It was a bit of a shock.”

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