After surgical 'disaster,' Dana White contemplates radical procedure for Meniere's Disease that could leave him unable to walk

Scott Cunningham

Dana White's first surgery for Meniere's Disease wasn't cutting it (literally), so he may opt for a more radical treatment that could leave him hospitalized for a week and unable to walk -- until he learns all over again.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then learn how to walk again.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White went under the knife earlier this month (see the graphic footage here) in an attempt to cure his Meniere's Disease, a debilitating inner ear disorder that causes spontaneous episodes of vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss, ringing in the ear and a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear.

The result was a "complete disaster."

That leaves the Las Vegas fight boss with few options. True, there is a radical procedure that involves severing the afflicted nerve, but as White explains to Joe Rogan on this week's podcast (watch it here), he would be hospitalized for seven days and need to learn how to walk again.

"The Tooth has actually been doing a lot of research for me on the Meniere's thing. The nerve is telling the brain we're moving, when we're really not. The room starts spinning real fast, you have to grab onto shit and close your eyes. When this thing hits me sometimes I'm down for eight or nine hours. There's no cure for it, but they have these real controversial surgeries. I just went in yesterday, this was my first follow up. The fucking surgery was a complete disaster, that's why I've been so fucked up lately. 70 percent of the people it helps, I'm the 30 percent that went the other way, so now I've almost completely lost the hearing in this ear and I've been having attacks every day. There's nothing they can do about it unless I opt to have the surgery where they go in and cut the nerve which would put me in the hospital for seven days and then I'll have to learn how to walk again, so I don't know."

Sounds like fun.

White suffered a "bad attack" while in Dublin, Ireland, receiving an honorary award from Trinity College last week. He was able to recover and continue on to the UFC on FUEL TV 7 event in London, but this latest episode calls into question his ability to continue his heavy travel schedule just as the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion ramps up its global expansion.

To cut, or not to cut, that is the question.

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