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.