Flyers’ Farabee undergoes neck surgery; recovery time 3-4 months

Joel Farabee expected to be out three to four months after neck surgery on Friday. (Zack Hill photo)

Flyers forward Joel Farabee underwent successful disc replacement surgery in his cervical region on Friday and is expected to make a full recovery in three to four months.

The operation was performed by Dr. Jon Yoon, a neurosurgeon at Penn Medicine.

The Flyers are hopeful Farabee will be back skating by the time training camp opens sometime in September.

Farabee is coming off an injury-filled season in which he was sidelined on multiple occasions.

One of those injuries may have ultimately led to Friday’s surgery.

In late January, Farabee was injured in a collision with New York Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson during a 4-3 shootout loss. Farabee crashed hard into the boards on the play.

Farabee appeared to injure his left shoulder during the mishap. He would be sidelined for a month.

At the time, then interim head coach Mike Yeo said Farabee was also injured during a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets prior to the Islander game.

Back on Dec. 1, Farabee missed seven games with an upper-body injury after he slid into the boards shoulder-first in a game against the New York Rangers. He would miss seven games due to that injury.

Farabee enjoyed a breakthrough season during the 2020-21 pandemic-shortened 56-game campaign. He recorded a team-high 20 goals, plus 18 assists for 38 points.

Last season, he played in only 63 of a possible 82 games and managed 17 goals plus 17 assists for 34 points.

The 22-year-old Farabee, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., was a first-round (14th overall) pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He competed one season with Boston University before turning professional.

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