Neil Patrick Harris undergoes surgery after sea urchin accident

Neil Patrick Harris had surgery on Tuesday after a sea urchin accident left him with an infected tendon in his hand.

The 46-year-old actor shared the news with his fans on Instagram, admitting it happened when he and husband David Burtka took their nine-year-old twins Gideon and Harper to Croatia.

“I tripped and hand planted onto a sea urchin almost two months ago while climbing rocky cliffs in Croatia,” he wrote. “Most of the tiny spines I dug out myself, but two refused to leave and one got infected. Turns out it pierced through a tendon… Well, thanks to the surgical talents of Dr. Dan Polatsch and his team, I’m officially urchin free and on the mend.”


While the surgery was successful, Neil has to rest as much possible, with two fingers wrapped in dressing. He also has to keep his hand elevated with a special foam cushion.

“Only drawback – having to wear this massive hand elevating contraption for the foreseeable future… all in all, though, I have to say: uni is still delicious,” he laughed, referring to the Japanese word for sea urchin.