Pennsylvania-based website TribLive.com is reporting that The Great Khali has successfully underwent surgery at UPMC Presbyterian to remove a tumor from his pituitary gland.
The 39 year old former champion spent a total of four hours in surgery according the hospital officials. The tumor which was removed led to the growth spurt that caused Khali - real name Dalip Singh - to achieve a height of 7 feet, 1 inch and a weight of 347 pounds, according to UPMC neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon, who led the surgical team.
Maroon said Thursday the tumor causes a condition called acromegaly, which can be fatal if left untreated. The pituitary gland is a pea-sized organ at the base of the brain.
"As part of our ongoing wellness evaluation, we are happy that The Great Khali had successful pituitary surgery, and we look forward to him returning to the ring in the near future," said WWE spokesman Adam Hopkins.
Khali declined to be interviewed as he is having difficulty speaking as a result of the surgical packing placed in his nasal cavity during surgery, said Susan Manko, a hospital spokeswoman.
While Khali is expected to be released from hospital during the weekend, he will be off for around three months to recover.