A-Rod’s surgery was successful

The Yankees announced that Alex Rodriguez is out of surgery, it was successful and that there were no complications. It was performed today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

His doctor, Dr. Bryan Kelly had said before the surgery took place:

“I like to tell people six months is a reasonable time frame for return to play when we’re doing the procedure we’re discussing with a bone correction. Optimistically speaking, what we’re hoping for is for him to be able to return after the All-Star break.”

The plan during today’s surgery was to to assess the damage that was done to his hip: he suffered a torn labrum, had a bone impingement and there was a cyst.

In other words, he was a mess during the playoffs and no one knew it. So with all of the things that were wrong with Alex’s hip, it’s positive news that they found and repaired everything they needed to during the surgery and that, so far, there aren’t any surprises.

Dr. Kelly had explained A-Rod’s rehab process in a conference call with reporters when plans for the surgery were announced:

1. Healing phase: Lasts about six weeks. Only range of motion exercises.
2. Early strengthening phase: Could take another six weeks or so for tissue to fully heal, and during that time they’ll be protective.
3. Strengthening phase: Roughly three months after the surgery, Rodriguez can begin strengthening in an “aggressive fashion.”
4. Endurance phase: After Rodriguez builds enough strength to do regular workouts, he’ll then be able to train for athletic strength and endurance.
5. Coordination phase: This is the last part of Rodriguez’s rehab, which Dr. Kelly described as “the functional return to sport.”

So it looks like after the All-Star break is realistic for Rodriguez’s return, barring any unforeseen setbacks.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

7 thoughts on “A-Rod’s surgery was successful

  1. uyf1950

    Based on the schedule above it looks like a more realistic return for A-Rod will be the beginning of August. And that can't be soon enough, the Yankees are going to need him.

    • jay_robertson

      Why? To avoid last place in the AL East?

      Had to say that. Haven't been nearly Yin (or was it Yang) enough lately. Let me restate – I sure HOPE the Yankees need him by then, and aren't so far out of the hunt that point is moot.

      • John

        Welcome back Jay!

    • brian

      They should at least be one of the two wildcards…

      Win that game and it's as good as winning the division basically, yes I know they'll have to use CC and lose HFA but worry about that October 1st, Yankee Stadium is a morgue anyways

  2. Mister D

    Isn't 2014 after the All-Star break?

  3. jaytrain

    Sitting here on my new hip replacement , I cannot imagine playing at a major league level before Sept . And mb that means in a pennant run ,but mb, more likely , just getting some meaningless at bats . IMHO ,full/80%recovery in 2014 , if ever .Say good night Gracie .

  4. Kevin

    That's crazy. It's a bonus that he's out of surgery and starting the healing process, but like jaytrain said, I can't imagine playing in the majors and having to bounce back. Most people seriously underestimate the amount of stress and hard work these guys put in. Instead they complain about their high salary, but the truth is, at the end of the day they deserve it.

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