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As planned, Dustin Pedroia underwent foot surgery today

Sep 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

As expected, Dustin Pedroia underwent season-ending foot surgery today, with doctors inserting a screw into the fractured navicular bone in his left foot.

According to Scott Lauber
of the Boston Herald “the surgery is expected to assure more complete healing in time for Pedroia to be ready for spring training.”
And here’s what Pedroia had to say about the decision to go under the knife:

I think putting a screw in is probably the best idea. I don’t want to get to January and go through my workouts and then don’t feel good and I miss some of next year. None of us want that to happen. So, I think putting the screw in is probably the best idea.

He initially tried to play through the pain and after that didn’t work Pedroia hoped to avoid surgery through rest and rehab, but the foot apparently never healed as quickly as required.

  1. APBA Guy - Sep 3, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Having had two screws for a broken foot myself, after having tried for several months to (unsuccessfully) do everything to avoid surgery, I can pass along the following wisdom to Mr. Pedroia:
    – There’s no pain like bone pain. Fortunately it’s only really bad for the first 24 hours after surgery.
    – Taking the screws out is something that hasn’t changed since the Civil War. My bone actually grew back too fast and almost locked the screws in, so we did the removal with a rag between my teeth, a quarter turn at a time. Did I mention there’s no pain like bone pain? Whiskey helps.
    You should recover 100%. Good luck.

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