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Lightning announce Stamkos’ successful surgery

Nov 12, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning passed along a statement about Steven Stamkos‘ successful surgery on a broken right tibia Tuesday:

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos underwent successful surgery this afternoon in Boston to stabilize a fracture in his right tibia. He is expected to return to Tampa on Thursday to begin rehabilitation immediately, the team announced. A prospective timetable has not yet been set for his return to the ice.

Stamkos had a metal rod inserted in his leg the length of his tibia, which will be a “permanent part of his body,” according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Damian Cristodero.

As you can see, the team isn’t providing a window for return (just that his rehab will begin on Thursday). TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that there’s an “unofficial prognosis” of three months and floats some extra incentive for hitting that mark:

It certainly makes sense that Stamkos would want to play for Canada, as the 23-year-old is one of the few virtual locks when healthy. Still, he’s just 23 … is that worth the risk of possibly rushing back too soon?

There’s plenty of time to wring hands over that, though. The good news is that the surgery seemed to go well.

In other Lightning injury news, the Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson reports that Keith Aulie (upper body) was placed on the injured reserve.

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Breaking your leg anywhere is a horrible, horrible situation, but if it was destined to happen, at least Boston has arguably some of the the best hospitals and surgeons in the country. Best of luck. He deserves the chance to play.

  2. esracerx46 - Nov 12, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    I’ve always found it odd they say surgeries are successful immediately after. Think Nashville is calling Rinne’s surgery a success?

    • mp1131211 - Nov 12, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Its a straight forward procedure. Cut, insert rod, screw it in to the bone, stitch it up. If he doesn’t bleed to death on the table, you’re good to go. :) They probably do this 40 – 50 times per day in the Greater Boston area

      • esracerx46 - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        Where was Gronk’s surgery done?

      • mp1131211 - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        I honestly don’t even know who that is. Football guy? I really couldn’t care less about grown men pumped up on steroid prancing around in tights and dancing with each other when they’re happy or smacking each other’s butts.

      • esracerx46 - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        Rob Gronkowski. Pro bowl tight end for the patriots….located in Massachusetts. Broke his forearm. A rod was inserted into his forearm. An infection occurred in his forearm. Missed the playoffs last year and just recently came back. Sources have said if the bone was allowed to heal on its own their probably wouldn’t have been an infection. Rinne had surgery on his hip. And now he has an infection. All I’m saying is its too early to say whether or not the surgery was successful or not.

      • mp1131211 - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:36 AM

        Ah, I see. Yeah, I guess that could happen. Like I said, they do this so frequently and the amount of cases that end in infections are so small that I guess it’s overlooked. But with all this antibiotic resistant crap going on, you’re probably right, they should hold on to declare it successful.

  3. canucks30 - Nov 12, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Steve Yzerman played in the Olympics on one knee.

    Mario Lemieux played in the Olympics with a career threatening bad back.

    Shea Weber played in the Olympics with a broken foot.

    Never underestimate the allure of representing your country at the Olympics.

    I think Stamkos will do everything possible to play alongside Sidney Crosby and the rest of Team Canada in Sochi.

    Why? Because the chance may never come again.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:40 AM

      Heard that Bettman is suggesting skipping NHL participation in future Olympics. It would be quite sad indeed if Stamkos were to miss what could be his last chance.

  4. greatmiamisportsmind - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Is it just me, or is every surgery ever done in sports called successful? Just once, I want to hear a team say “You know, his surgery didn’t go very well, and we hope that someday he can continue his career, but that isn’t coming anytime soon.”

    • c9castine - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      why would you want to hear that

  5. gotampabay52 - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    URCOUNTRYSUX is my USA jersey. f Canada. You play for a NHL team get healthy you can be great play NHL first it’s what pays the bills not team canada

  6. 2qswing - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    The game is better and the Olympics will be better with Stamkos. I cant believe some of the snobs here getting in a twit about the quality of doctors and US vs Canada. We are hockey fans lads. we are different. Act like it. Last night my friends and I, Canadians, Americans and Euros were having a few at the club, channel surfing between games. We raised a glass to a speedy healthy return to action for this amazing athlete. Leave the trash to the NBA

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