Al Roker Shares Video of Him Moving Around the Hospital 1 Day After Knee Replacement Surgery: 'Up and Walking'

The Today show weatherman posted a video showing him using a walker in the hospital, just a day after his second knee replacement surgery

Al Roker
Al Roker

Al Roker is feeling strong.

The Today show weatherman, 68, posted a video of him in the hospital walking one day after his knee replacement surgery, which he had on May 9.

"Up and walking this morning on the #newknee #stepbystep thanks to @drdavidmayman Wearing a negative pressure pump to help facilitate wound healing," he captioned the clip.

In the Instagram video, which is set to the song "Walk of Life" by Dire Straits, Roker wears a hospital gown as he uses a walker to move through the halls of the hospital with a nurse by his side. His left knee is bandaged.

Also in the video he heads to the physical therapy room, where he walks down a block of wooden stairs using a cane.

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This is Roker's second knee replacement surgery — the first was in April 2022 — and he has been keeping fans in the loop about his recovery.

His prior post was a video from his hotel room of the sun shining high in the sky on the first day with his new knee. "Feeling grateful and #hopeful on this #firstday with my #newknee Who knew?" he captioned the video, set to Bill Withers' "Lovely Day."

Roker had first shared the news of his surgery in an Instagram video on May 7. On a stroll through Central Park he opened up to followers about how difficult walking has been for him lately.

"I'm a little less than three days away from getting this left knee replaced," he said in the clip.

"It's a replacement of a replacement so I am kind of limping through. This is probably my last walk of any significance before the knee, but it was just such a gorgeous day I had to get out and enjoy it."

Roker will be taking a hiatus from Today while he recovers. His last absence was also due to his health: He was out of work for two months following a hospitalization due to blood clots in his leg and lungs and returned on Jan. 6.

"Look, I had two complicating things," Roker said on Today. "I had blood clots, which they think came up after I had COVID in September. And then I had this internal bleeding going on, I lost half my blood. They were trying to figure out where it was."

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Roker was being treated at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Through surgery, his medical team discovered he had two bleeding ulcers. Doctors resectioned his colon, took out his gallbladder and operated on his duodenum, part of the small intestine.

"I went into for one operation, I got four free," joked Roker. "So I got that going for me."

Al Roker/instagram Deborah Roberts and Al Roker
Al Roker/instagram Deborah Roberts and Al Roker

Fortunately, his wife Deborah Roberts — a correspondent for ABC News — took the reins as the lead in Roker's care, working directly with doctors.

"Thank god for Deborah," he said at the time. "She basically shielded me from all of this. I'm a living example of ignorance is bliss. I was able to put all my energy into recuperating because I didn't know how bad this was. ... I thought I was doing good!"

"It's not lost on us that this is a major, major thing for Al to be here," Roberts added. "He is a living breathing miracle. And I'm not overstating it, I think."

Roker has been a staple on Today as the program's premier weather anchor since 1996, and previously made appearances as a substitute weathercaster from 1990 to 1995, filling in for the late Willard Scott before his semiretirement.

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