X Japan leader YOSHIKI will be undergoing emergency surgery to replace one of the discs of his spine, the band reported on its official site.
YOSHIKI was diagnosed with cervical foraminal stenosis in July of 2009 and has undergone surgery in the past to correct it. However, a herniated disc has worsened in the past 6 months, causing numbness and even paralysis in his left arm and hand.
After meeting with doctors, it was determined that YOSHIKI will need to undergo emergency surgery, otherwise permanent nerve damage will occur. Even now, YOSHIKI is said to be in considerable pain and has been for months, according to doctors' assessment of his his MRI and CT scans.
YOSHIKI's operation is scheduled to occur in a hospital in Los Angeles on May 16.
Due to YOSHIKI's surgery, all of X Japan's scheduled activities for the month of May have been cancelled. It is uncertain whether future activities such as the band's "We Are X" world tour will be affected by his surgery as well. Following his operation, the band and staff will further discuss the band's activities.
YOSHIKI's condition is said to be a result of his intensity while performing. The hard impact of his drumming style, and the frequency with which he plays, were all factors in his worsening condition.