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Boyle surgery called successful



Defenseman Dan Boyle underwent a second surgery Friday to repair his left wrist originally injured Sept. 22. The procedure used one tendon from Boyle's left index finger as a replacement for two tendons that developed complications after his first surgery. The team, in a statement, called the procedure "successful.''

"I am extremely confident this operation will allow Dan and the Lightning to move forward after these unusual and unfortunate circumstances,'' said surgeon Thomas Graham, chief of the Curtis National Hand Center at Baltimore's Union Memorial Hospital.

Boyle originally had surgery on Sept. 23 after three wrist tendons that joined muscles that control the thumb and wrist were slashed by a skate that fell from his St. Pete Times Forum locker. Two of the tendons did not heal properly in the surgery performed by Tampa orthopedist Richard Gray and assisted by Lightning medical director Ira Guttentag. One ruptured at the place it was repaired. 

The team said Friday's procedure  consisted of transferring a tendon from the index finger to help restore "strength and function'' to the thumb and wrist. The two tendons that developed complications were not repaired.

The hand will be in a splint for the next "few weeks,'' after which will be an unspecified period of rehab. 

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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