Brendan Fraser’s surgeries: All the medical procedures he underwent after a grueling film career

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  • Brendan Fraser is best known as an actor.
  • A large number of injuries have plagued his acting career over the years.
  • Brendan just won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in ‘The Whale’.

brandan fraser54, has made his way to a successful acting career since he began his work in the film industry in the early 1990s. Although he has made lasting impressions in action-packed features , as The Mummy, he unfortunately suffered numerous injuries which resulted in multiple surgeries over a period of seven years. The surgeries affected his career in one way or another and proved how dedicated he was to his craft.

Brendan’s injuries started abruptly when he was shooting his first movie, aerial combatin 1991. He said QG he was paid an extra $50 and got his Screen Actors Guild card for a stunt that resulted in him being thrown into a pinball machine, resulting in a bruised rib. This injury was followed by some of his most serious injuries, which he suffered while filming the popular trilogy, The Mummywhich grossed over a billion dollars.

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Brendan at a red carpet event. (Rob Latour/Shutterstock)

Learn about all the surgeries Brendan has had to undergo and the injuries that caused them.

Knee Replacement

After working on the first of The Mummy movies, Brendan said Weekly entertainment that he was “completely choked up” for a scene during filming and “it was scary”. The incident happened during a prison scene involving a noose. “I regained consciousness and one of the paramedics was saying my name,” he recalls. He then filmed the second two episodes of the trilogy and “was put together with tape and ice”. He told GQ that he “builds an exoskeleton for myself daily” to manage existing injuries and protect his body.

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Brendan in a scene from ‘The Mummy’ trilogy, the films from which he suffered most of his injuries. (Rob Latour/Shutterstock)

Despite the attempt at protection, Brendan had to begin his numerous surgeries soon after. One of them was a partial knee replacement, which was most likely caused by extensive damage to the knee. Knee replacement surgery “replaces parts of injured or worn knee joints,” according to the Mayo Clinic. “Surgery can help relieve pain and improve knee work. During surgery, damaged bones and cartilages are replaced with metal and plastic parts.


Another surgery Brendan underwent was a laminectomy, prompted by back issues. A laminectomy is surgery that “creates space by removing bone spurs and tissue associated with arthritis from the spine,” according to the Mayo Clinic. “It usually involves removing a small piece of the back part (lamina) of the small spinal bones (vertebrae).” A laminectomy “enlarges the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves and is often done as part of decompression surgery.”

Pressure on the spinal cord is most often “caused by bony growths in the spinal canal and laminectomy” is usually only used when more conservative treatments – such as drugs, physiotherapy or injections – have failed. failed to relieve symptoms. Laminectomy may also be recommended if symptoms are severe or worsening.

After having the first surgery, he should have had it again in 2022 as it didn’t work out the first time around.

vocal cord surgery

Brendan also had to undergo vocal cord surgery to repair his vocal cords. Although it is not known exactly what prompted him to have this operation or the details of his own experience, vocal cord surgery may sometimes be necessary if the vocal cords are tight or prone to growths and/or to an infection, according to Medical News.

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Brendan even had to undergo vocal cord surgery at one point. (Rob Latour/Shutterstock)

After going through all the injuries and the surgeries needed to fix them, Brendan took a break. While that wasn’t the only reason he decided to step away from the spotlight, it was an important reason. “Going to work – between entering and leaving these hospitals was not always possible,” he said. QG in 2018. “So what I’m saying to you hopefully doesn’t sound like some kind of ‘Hey, I had a boo-boo. I needed to put a Band-Aid on it,” but more of a reality check of what I was walking through.

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