Al Roker to undergo hip replacement surgery

Now we finally know why Al Roker has been seen on camera walking with a cane.

The longtime “Today” show host announced Tuesday that he decided to have hip replacement after dealing with unrelenting hip pain for the last three months.

“All of a sudden, I started feeling this twinge in my hip — and then my back was acting up,” Roker, 65, told Today.com. “It seems like my hip went fairly quickly.”

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The State University of New York, College at Oswego alum will have hip resurfacing surgery on Wednesday. It’s a newer type of hip replacement where surgeons trim the head of the thighbone and the damaged socket, and place a metal cap over the bone to help the bone move smoothly again.

“My left hip has been deteriorating, and I decided, let me go get it taken care of,” he said.

Roker said that his recent trip to Greenland with NASA to study climate change in glaciers added to the pain.

“What I really needed was someone to carry me in a Baby Bjorn,” he said with a laugh. “That would’ve been just great.”

Roker said his sister Lisa is is also getting hip replacement surgery, and deadpanned that the siblings “got a family plan going.”

The 65-year-old Queens native had his knee replaced in 2016 and emergency carpal tunnel surgery last year.

The beloved weatherman and father of three jokingly said he’s “slowly replacing this body one by one.”

Roker expects to be back in business in a few weeks and plans to document the process for the top-rated morning show.

“I hope, no complications, maybe by September 30th, so two Mondays from now,” he said.

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TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Dr. Travis Stork and Al Roker on Friday, November 2, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Kathie Lee Gifford as Madonna and Al Roker as Doc Brown on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker as Doc Brown on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: (L-R) NBC Today Show's Dylan Dreyer, Sheinelle Jones, Deborah Roberts, husband Al Roker, Craig Melvin and wife Lindsay Czarniak pose backstage as Al Roker makes his Broadway debut in the hit musical 'Waitress' on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: (L-R) Katie Lowes, Al Roker and Adam Shapiro pose backstage as Roker makes his Broadway debut in the hit musical 'Waitress' on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Al Roker poses backstage as he makes his Broadway debut in the hit musical 'Waitress' on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Al Roker as 'Old Joe' makes his Broadway debut in the hit musical 'Waitress' on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Al Roker visits SiriusXM Studios on October 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Al Roker visits SiriusXM Studios on October 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Thursday, September 27, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Al Roker and Deborah Roberts attend the American Theatre Wing Centennial Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on September 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for American Theatre Wing)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Monday, September 24, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Novak Djokovic and Al Roker on Monday, September 10, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Carson Daly, Savannah Guthrie, Craig Melvin and Al Roker on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker and Janelle Monae on Friday, August 24, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MEGYN KELLY TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Wednesday, Auguest 1, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MEGYN KELLY TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Wednesday, Auguest 1, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 26: Al Roker attends the 2018 Hallmark Channel Summer TCA at Private Residence on July 26, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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