4th time's the charm for Gronk's surgeries
Gronk underwent a fourth surgery on his broken forearm on Monday. The surgery was successful as doctors were able to determine that the infection was gone and replaced a new plate in Gronkowski’s infected left forearm. There is now hope that he'll be ready in time for Patriots’ training camp this summer.
If the infection had still been there, it would have increased the likelihood of additional surgeries. A fifth surgery on the left forearm would have jeopardized Gronkowski’s return for the start of the 2013 season.
With Gronkowski finally able to kick off the rehab process following the surgery on his forearm, the Patriots can finally shift their focus to the player’s recent chronic back issues. Gronkowski recently had an MRI to determine the severity of the back injury. The injury back issue reportedly isn’t from the same disc injury he suffered last season.
Gronkowski will meet for consultation with spine specialist in California within the next three to four weeks. But the Patriots are hopeful that he won’t require a surgery to treat the back injury, and the rehab process could coincide with the work he’ll be doing to come back from the forearm surgery.
The 24-year-old Gronkowski missed five games last season after initially breaking his forearm in the Patriots’ November win against the Indianapolis Colts. He returned for the season finale and went into the postseason but again broke his forearm in the New England Patriots’41-28 AFC Divisional Playoff win over the Houston and ended up missing the rest of the playoffs run. He’s been battling infection due to multiple surgeries performed to treat the fractured forearm ever since.
Gronkowski appeared in 11 regular season games last season, posting 55 receptions for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns.
While a celebration would be considered too soon at this point, Monday was a positive development for the New England Patriots as it reignites the hope that Gronk may be able to make the field on Week 1 of the 2013 regular season.