Al Roker managed to fit in “one more walk” before undergoing his total knee replacement this week.
The famed weatherman posted an Instagram Reel Saturday from New York City’s Central Park where he “limped through” one last stroll.
“I’m a little less than three days from getting this left knee replaced,” Roker told his followers.
“It’s a replacement of a replacement.”
Despite waddling through his walk, Roker said he “had to get out” so he could enjoy the “gorgeous day.”
The “Today” show co-anchor, 68, said he’d be absent from the morning news magazine for a little while as he recovers from the surgery.
Roker’s fans flooded the comments section to give the broadcast personality their well-wishes.
“You are liquid sunshine, Al! Wishing you a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!” one fan wrote, with another adding, “Wishing you a speedy, uncomplicated surgery & recovery.”
A third chimed in, writing, “Prayers to you Al for a speedy recovery! We will miss you! .”
Roker has undergone multiple replacements for his body parts. In 2020, the TV veteran had his shoulder replaced at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
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“The deal is, I guess I’ve got an arthritic shoulder, and right now it’s not so bad, but it’s gotten to the point where I can’t even sleep at night,” he explained at the time.
“It’s not bad during the day, but at night, it’s an intense pain that literally wakes me up. And for the last month, I’ve only been sleeping about two or three hours a night, which even for me, is a little bit less.”
The year prior, Roker underwent hip replacement surgery, and in 2014 he had surgery to repair a rotator cuff in his left shoulder. “My sister Lisa is having both of hers done so we’ve got a family plan going,” Roker said of his hip replacement.
In the late fall, Roker was hospitalized with a “life-threatening illness” that turned out to be blood clots and internal bleeding.
After discovering he had two bleeding ulcers, Roker’s medical team resectioned his colon, removed his gallbladder and redid his duodenum in his small intestine.
His wife, Deborah Roberts, 62, called her husband a “living, breathing miracle.”
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