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Fourth surgery for Gronk next week

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06:56 AM ET 05.17 | It appears Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will soon be going under the knife yet again.[Gronkowski] is "likely" to have that fourth surgery on his left forearm performed at some point next week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. As we reported last week, this surgery was going to take place no matter what. The exact date, however, has not yet been determined. To this point, according to the source, there have been no signs of the pesky infection that's plagued Gronkowski's recovery process in blood exams taken. ... If there are still signs of infection, that sets Gronkowski back, and puts him at jeopardy for missing the start of the season, and perhaps more with a fifth surgery likely after that.

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May 17, 2013  07:40 AM ET

I don't care who you are... four surgeries flat sucks. My wife has had three in the past 9 months and there is nothing easy, simple or routine involved.

May 17, 2013  07:57 AM ET

I'll be very surprised if he makes it back to be the player he was before he broke his arm. He's gotta be pretty frustrated with the whole deal.

May 17, 2013  08:17 AM ET

Coming in 2014.... RoboGronk

May 17, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I don't care who you are... four surgeries flat sucks. My wife has had three in the past 9 months and there is nothing easy, simple or routine involved.

+1

At this point, his career isn't the most important thing. Hopefully this is the last surgery he'lll need for this issue. I'm pulling for him to be there on opening day, but they need to make sure he is truly healed this time.

May 17, 2013  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I don't care who you are... four surgeries flat sucks. My wife has had three in the past 9 months and there is nothing easy, simple or routine involved.

Same here. I had five on my lower back over a two year period. Dealing with if physically is the easy part. It's very depressing not knowing if you're going to need another. I hope he keeps his head together and gets back on the field.

May 17, 2013  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I don't care who you are... four surgeries flat sucks. My wife has had three in the past 9 months and there is nothing easy, simple or routine involved.

Well stated, and I hope your wife makes a swift and full recovery.

May 17, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'll be very surprised if he makes it back to be the player he was before he broke his arm. He's gotta be pretty frustrated with the whole deal.

Everyone involved knew this surgery was coming to replace the plate in his arm. Hopefully, when the docs perform the procedure they won't find any signs of an infection which means he'll be able to play this upcoming season.

May 17, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'll be very surprised if he makes it back to be the player he was before he broke his arm. He's gotta be pretty frustrated with the whole deal.

The Arm/bone most likely will never be as strong as it was.

May 17, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Is this fourth surgery an attempt to correct the two previous lobotomies?

May 17, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The Arm/bone most likely will never be as strong as it was.

Sometimes, particularly with pins or plates, the extra bone that grows around the injury actually makes it thicker and stronger than it was.

May 17, 2013  09:47 AM ET

These lingering infections are an issue too. Remember Brady had one in his knee which complicated things as well.

Isn't there a saying somewhere along the lines of, the more time you spend in hospitals the sicker you get?

May 17, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Isn't there a saying somewhere along the lines of, the more time you spend in hospitals the sicker you get?

No doubt about it. I went to get blood drawn for a physical and came down with a cold a few days later.

Avoid them like the plague.

May 17, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Now if they can just give him a head transplant.

May 17, 2013  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Now if they can just give him a head transplant.

They tried that. The head containing a brain rejected him.

May 17, 2013  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

These lingering infections are an issue too. Isn't there a saying somewhere along the lines of, the more time you spend in hospitals the sicker you get?

Very true. Hospitals use a lot of antibiotics, and bacteria develop resistance to them, so the worst bacteria are almost always found in hospitals. MRSA, multi-drug resistant staphlococcus aureas is really hard to get rid of.

May 17, 2013  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

They tried that. The head containing a brain rejected him.

Ya know, some times you can be funny

May 17, 2013  12:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

No doubt about it. I went to get blood drawn for a physical and came down with a cold a few days later.Avoid them like the plague.

If I win Powerball, I am opting for the medical delivery service - 30 minutes or less.....

May 17, 2013  01:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Ya know, some times you can be funny

Only sometimes?

May 17, 2013  02:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Only sometimes?

LOL don't push it

 
May 17, 2013  02:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

LOL don't push it

OK, OK ...

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