White, who has been battling Meniere's Disease for almost a full year, was supposed to go under the knife to correct the medical issue when he returned home from UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which took place on Oct. 13, 2012.
However, White recently revealed (via MMAFighting.com) that the surgery date has been delayed because his "schedule and the doctor's didn't line up."
It would have been perfect timing, with the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion taking a rare four-week break, allowing White to recuperate from a procedure that has significant side effects.
White summed it up for HDNet earlier this year:
"The surgery, they go in and they basically cut the nerve. So you have to learn to walk again. You have to go through serious rehabilitation. You have to learn how to do everything again. But I'm willing to have that done. I'll go in, I'll go hardcore rehab for the next three weeks. I'm a special case, in that the surgery makes sense for me, whereas it might not for other people my age."
The good news is that White also revealed at the UFC 153 press conference that he was opting for a different procedure, which would likely eliminate (or at least minimize) many of the debilitating effects mentioned above.
Meniere's Disease affects the inner ear and causes "spontaneous episodes of vertigo along with fluctuating hearing loss, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and sometimes a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ear," according to Mayo Clinic. Frequent and persistent air travel is the likely culprit for White's condition, seeing as how he criss-crosses the globe seemingly weekly for events and other business-related matters.