Double Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams has undergone surgery to her right elbow and left shoulder.
The New Zealander, who has been suffering with the injuries throughout 2014, had the surgery in Auckland on Friday.
It is unclear when she will be fit to return to action, although her coach, Nick Cowan, revealed the surgery went well.
"Valerie's surgeries have been completed successfully," he was quoted as saying on the Eurosport website.
"They were reasonably straightforward and the medical team are very happy. Valerie is now resting and her rehab programme begins."
Despite the problems being a constant pain throughout the year, Adams still won her third straight Commonwealth Games gold medal in Glasgow, while also extending her unbeaten run in the event to four years with an unprecedented victory in all seven of the Diamond League meetings in one season.
Those successes extended Adams' unbeaten streak in the sport to 56 competitions over a four year period.
During that time, the 29-year-old has also won two world titles and Olympic gold at London, only after Belarus' Nadzeya Ostapchuk had been stripped of her win for failing a drugs test, though.
Although no time frame has been laid out for her return, should Adams come back before next year's World Championships in Beijing, she will certainly be the favourite for gold, while she has also made it clear she intends to add to her Olympic accolades in Rio in 2016.
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