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Sylvester Stallone Endures 7th Back Surgery: ‘Never Do Your Own Stunts’

Sylvester Stallone Endures 7th Back Surgery: ‘Never Do Your Own Stunts’

Sylvester Stallone is opening up on his reality series about enduring seven surgeries after hurting his neck and back on The Expendables. While filming a fight scene with wrestler-turned-actor ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, he recalled that he fractured his neck during the new season of The Family Stallone.

“I did stupid stuff. I was directing Expendables and like an idiot I’m doing take ten, take whatever, and I remember one slam and I could actually feel one bang,’” Stallone said. “Steve [Austin] knew. I never recovered from Expendables 1. After that film, it was never physically the same. I’ve warned people – don’t do your own stunts,” he stressed.

Sylvester Stallone’s Family Weighs in On His 7th Back Surgery and Struggles with Pain

Stallone’s wife Jennifer Flavin also opened up about his ongoing struggles with chronic pain. “Sly tries to mask the pain, pretending like it didn’t happen. He doesn’t like people to know he’s had so many back surgeries,” she explained. “It’s very scary for our family every time Sly has to go through surgery because you never know . . . no one knows,’ she continued.

Stallone’s daughter Scarlett admitted that her action star dad has suffered with pain her whole life. “It’s really hard to see my father go through yet another painful operation. My whole childhood, he’s been in pain,” she said.

However, despite the serious medical condition, Stallone tried to keep things upbeat. In the episode, he mentions that he would be an ideal choice to portray Quasimodo in a potential remake of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Sylvester Stallone Famously Showed Off the Injury That Resulted in Multiple Back Surgeries Yeas Ago

Of course, action fans know Stallone famously revealed his Expendables neck injury years ago. On a 2010 David Letterman appearance, Sly showed off an X-ray featuring an iron plate inserted into his neck. “[It] goes off every time I go through the airport”, he quipped to Letterman at the time. However, this is the first time Sylvester Stallone has publicly detailed the multiple back surgeries he’s suffered due to the on-set injury.

Stallone required a metal implant in his neck due to an on-set accident, along with spinal fusions and treatment for dislocated shoulders. On his show, Stallone says his surgeon mentioned the possibility of needing artificial discs in his lower spine soon.