photo from dickbeardsley.blogspot.com
Yikes! Dick Beardsley, still one of America's fastest marathoners with a sub 2 hr 09 at Boston in 1982, has had his share of physical problems. I guess he won't be running marathons anytime soon.
Note: In case you are wondering, my guess is high mileage running did not contribute to this surgery. Dick suffered serious injuries in a farm accident which ultimately led to his addiction to pain killers. He also injured his back and neck in an auto accident and was struck by a truck while running in a snowstorm.