Another surgery for Gronk, making it four in this offseason
There had recently been word of Gronkowski possibly undergoing a fourth surgery on his broken forearm sometime next week and now we have a date. The New England Patriots tight end will have a fourth procedure performed on his left forearm at Massachusetts General Hospital today, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Following the surgery, Gronkowski will finally have the knowledge to whether he’s finally clear from a persistent infection that has set back his return from the forearm injury multiple times over the past few months.
Several reports have indicated that the surgery will be performed by Dr. Jesse Jupiter of Massachusetts General Hospital, who specializes in handling traumatic and reconstructive problems of the upper limbs, including fracture healing and setbacks in the process. Dr. Jupiter also performed Gronk's second forearm surgery after he suffered the second break. Patriots head team physician Dr. Thomas Gill also expected to be present during the procedure.
To determine whether the infection has truly cleared away, surgical culture will be taken from Gronkowski’s forearm, which will then be tested during the surgery. If the cultures come back clean of infection, a new plate will be will replace the old one that has been holding the broken forearm in place. But if the cultures still carry signs of infection, then it won’t be possible to put in the new plate and that sets Gronkwoski back, with the likelihood of him missing start of the 2013 season drastically increasing.
The results from the surgical cultures are expected to come back a week after the impeding forearm surgery. If things seem well, the plates will be switched and Gronkowski will be on track for his 10-11 week recovery period.
Gronkowski initially broke his forearm in the Nov.18 game against the Indianapolis Colts last season. The 24-year-old Gronkowski returned from the injury in the Patriots’ season finale but broke his forearm again during the playoffs. He has his latest (third) procedure performed during this offseason.
The former second round pick is also expected to see a spin specialist following Monday’s surgery. According to multiple reports, Gronkowski has been also suffering from chronic back issues and recently underwent an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.