Actress/Tv host Whoopi Goldberg is recovering after undergoing surgery for a herniated disk.

The Ghost star has been absent from her U.S. talk show The View since the beginning of the year (Jan15) and in a video message on Monday (12Jan15) from the hospital, Goldberg updated viewers on her health status.

In the message, she says, "I've had a herniated disk, which is something that has been so painful it made me wish to have my period back again...

"(But), I'm back much sooner than anyone thinks and I'm back much stronger than ever."

Goldberg is slated to return to the show next week (19Jan15).