Tom Brady Needed Two More Surgeries, May Need To Have ACL Repair Replaced

Something Tells Me That Even If Tom Brady Comes Back, He Won't Ever Be The Same

10/23/08 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect


Some pretty bad news out of New England today. It looks like Tom Brady has had two MORE surgeries on his repaired knee. Yes, you read that right. That means he had the original surgery, which then got infected, so there was a cleaning done on October 15th, and now he's since had two more surgeries after that to help curb the infection.

Naturally, setbacks occur sometimes in medical procedures. But here's why Patriots fans should be extremely worried.

According to the source, the fear is the patellar tendon graft used to replace Brady’s anterior cruciate ligament is in danger of becoming compromised. Should that occur, the entire ACL reconstruction would have to be removed and redone from scratch.

That would push back his rehab and recovery period, which in turn, could delay his return to the field.That would push back his rehab and recovery period, which in turn, could delay his return to the field
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The other problem is that should that actually be the case, where they have to start over from scratch, they'll have to wait until the infection clears up. Basically, right now it looks like Brady's '09 season is in serious jeopardy.

The other problem here is that from a realistic standpoint, Brady is likely never to return to peak form. After all, he's currently 31. Most players who have had similar injuries say it takes more than a year to fully recover from an injury this devastating, and some never recover. We've all seen what happened to Daunte Culpepper since his knee was blown out years back. He pretty much faded out of existence.

One player who Brady could look to for inspiration is Donovan McNabb, who tore his ACL and meniscus in 2006, had a down 2007, but looks back to form in 2008. Only problem is McNabb was 29 when he suffered that injury.

Anyway, I know the situation was bleak from the beginning when Brady went down, but it only seems to be getting worse. I'd personally love to see Brady back 100% healthy next season, or even the season after that. But in reality, I'd be shocked if that ever came to pass.

Tom Brady suffers setback [
Boston Herald] via [Fanhouse]

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10/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

kramer wrote:
Congrats, you win the award for dumbest comment of the day.  If you knew anything about medicine you'd never say something like that.

Btw, while our conversation is over, I was not the one who gave ya those PQ's.

10/23/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

xscorp18 wrote:
Brady I hope you have a heathy recovery and get 100% again. As for Matt Casel Keep up the hardwork and remember...........YOU CAN DO IT!

But can he do it all night long?

10/23/08   |   xscorp18   |   19 respect

Brady I hope you have a heathy recovery and get 100% again. As for Matt Casel Keep up the hardwork and remember...........YOU CAN DO IT!

10/23/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

Pat wrote:
Next question. If Tom Brady's career ends today, is he a first ballot Hall of Famer, or would they make him wait a few years?

Hopefully, that won't matter, but I would assume 3 titles + last year + sympathy = first ballot HOFer.

10/23/08   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Next question. If Tom Brady's career ends today, is he a first ballot Hall of Famer, or would they make him wait a few years?

10/23/08   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

derms33 wrote:
Kellen WInslow coulda given hin the name of an excellent doctor

Shawn Merriman too...What type of  "Credentials" do these NFL Surgeons have anyway?

10/23/08   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

Kellen WInslow coulda given hin the name of an excellent doctor

10/23/08   |   CalBoomer   |   43 respect

I'd like to support the above post. Post-operative infections can never be totally eliminated even in the best hands. The severity of the complication depends on what organism is causing the infection and how rapidly it is dealt with. The fact that he has had two more "surgeries" whatever that actually means, obviously suggest that it is serious--because it has gone beyond simple antibiotic treatment--and that they are attempting to deal with it. A repeat of the original surgery is NOT the worst thing that could happen. The worst thing that could happen is that a very aggressive bacterium totally destroys the knee, requiring prosthetic knee replacement. That would clearly be career over.

10/23/08   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
Tom Brady is not dead nor is it 100% that it is compromised.

He still has his millions and Gisele; if it ends up ending his career, it sucks, sure - but its not the end of the world for him, nor is he the first person to ever not be capable of what they love to do most.

**** happens in life, and you work through them just like anyone else does, but I still do consider him pretty damn lucky compared to a lot of other folks in this country and in this world.

Again, sorry if I hit a nerve with you there, and I will proudly showcase my award today since it is so well deserved.

Maybe the reason I don't find it funny is because when I'm home from school I work in a hospital, and see patients who have had surgery all the time.  I know the complications that can arise, and when I hear about something like this, it's very disturbing to me.  He's already had to have 2 more surgeries to clean out the ACL.  It's true we don't know if it's compromised, but even a minor infection can have serious health complications associated with it.  Maybe I'm taking this so seriously because I've seen this stuff first hand.

10/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

kramer wrote:
Sorry I didn't pick up on the sarcasm, but that's because this really isn't a laughing matter.

Tom Brady is not dead nor is it 100% that it is compromised.

He still has his millions and Gisele; if it ends up ending his career, it sucks, sure - but its not the end of the world for him, nor is he the first person to ever not be capable of what they love to do most.

**** happens in life, and you work through them just like anyone else does, but I still do consider him pretty damn lucky compared to a lot of other folks in this country and in this world.

Again, sorry if I hit a nerve with you there, and I will proudly showcase my award today since it is so well deserved.

10/23/08   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
It was sarcasm deary...

Sorry if I touched a nerve.

Sorry I didn't pick up on the sarcasm, but that's because this really isn't a laughing matter.

10/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

kramer wrote:
Congrats, you win the award for dumbest comment of the day.  If you knew anything about medicine you'd never say something like that.

It was sarcasm deary...

Sorry if I touched a nerve.

10/23/08   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

As much as I hate Brady, you never want to hear about this happening to anybody.  This really sucks, and I hope he does return to the field sooner rather than later.  You never want to hear about someone's career ending because of a medical problem like this.  An infection contacted like this can actually be life threatening, so for Brady's sake, I hope this infection clears up.  To the guy who used Polamalu's pansy comment, grow up.  This is no joke.  To anyone who thinks this infection is nothing serious, I dare you to go tell Jeremy Schaap his dad was a pansy when he went into the hospital for a hip replacement surgery and died from an infection he got in the hospital.

10/23/08   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
Pansy.

/Troy Polamalu

Congrats, you win the award for dumbest comment of the day.  If you knew anything about medicine you'd never say something like that.

10/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Pansy.

/Troy Polamalu

10/23/08   |   krysyndaday

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WOW!! That does kinda suck. I had my ACL completely replaced three weeks ago using a donated Achilles Tendon, cartilage replaced/cleaned up, bone tunnel with a bolt and washer to anchor the tendon and bone spursshave off.

I can see where the infection would have come from, especially if he used a donated tendon to replace/rebuild his torn ones.

10/23/08   |   snbslugger

This is an absolute mess.  Fans up here are freaking out, and there are already a few utterances of the phrase "career-ending injury".  I don't know if we're into THAT scenario just yet, but needless to say there is "concern" in Patriot land.

I'm no Patriots fan, but this would be a huge loss of a very good player in the league.  That isn't good for anyone.

10/23/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Boski93 wrote:

It got infected, what did they perform the surgery in the Browns Training Facility?

This does not look good, but let's just give it some time and see what happens. I will not bury Brady just yet.

Man, why I didn't I think of the Browns Training Facility joke? Brilliant.

10/23/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

It got infected, what did they perform the surgery in the Browns Training Facility?

This does not look good, but let's just give it some time and see what happens. I will not bury Brady just yet.