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Shaq RECORDS As Staples PLUCKED from Giant Leg

7/7/2011 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former NBAer Shaquille O'Neal had a bunch of surgical staples YANKED from his massive leg today ... and, of course, he recorded the painfully gross ordeal for all to see.

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Shaq recently went under the knife to repair his injured right Achilles tendon -- and, from the looks of the footage, the surgery required doctors to open a FOOT-LONG gash to get the job done.

But this morning, Shaq -- with girlfriend Nikki "Hoopz" Alexander by his side -- rolled back to the doctor's office ... and had the staples removed.

It's pretty gross ... but you should probably watch it anyway.

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