According to the Boston Herald, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to undergo his fourth surgery on his forearm on Monday.
The Patriots tight end will have a fourth procedure performed on his left forearm tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The date was somewhat up in the air, but come tomorrow Gronk will have some definitive answers about whether he’s finally free and clear from an infection that’s dogged him for months.
It’s been widely reported that Dr. Jesse Jupiter will perform the surgery. According to MGH’s website, Jupiter specializes in the care of traumatic and reconstructive problems of the upper limbs, including fracture healing and failure to heal. Dr. Thomas Gill, the Patriots head team physician, is also expected to be on hand.
Cultures are expected to be taken from the forearm, and those will take about a week to process to see if the culture grows. If it does, which would mean the infection is still present, that’s a problem that will hugely hinder Gronkowski going forward. If that’s the case, it’s back to square one, and the possibility of missed games creeps into the equation. Ultimately, If all goes well, a new plate will eventually replace the one that’s been holding the broken bone in the forearm in place, and Gronk will start out on his 10-11 week recovery phase.
Once Gronk’s forearm surgery is complete, then he’ll go under the knife to repair a disc problem in his back.
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