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Brady had procedure to clear out infection in knee

10/19/2008 - NFL Tom Brady New England Patriots + more

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady underwent a second procedure on his injured left knee Wednesday to clear out an infection.


Brady initially had surgery on Oct. 6 to repair torn ligaments, and doctors said the procedure went well. But Brady began to feel ill this week due to the infection.

"The [first] surgery went well and my doctor described my knee as
'rock solid,'" Brady said in a statement on his Web site. "Unfortunately, in the week following the surgery, I developed an infection. The infection is very treatable and,
through a course of antibiotics, it will be knocked out of my
system.

"We were proactive with the infection and the doctors
went in for a second procedure this past Wednesday to clean and
to test the wound. The results of the tests have all been positive
and we are very thankful. I am excited to begin rehabbing my
knee and will continue preparing for 2009."

Brady's agent, Donald Yee, did not respond to a phone call or an e-mail from The Associated Press. Calls to the Patriots and the doctor who performed the first surgery in Los Angeles, Neal ElAttrache, were not returned.

Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, a knee specialist and spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, has not examined Brady's knee injury, but said that generally, an infection must be aggressively treated and monitored, according to the Boston Globe.

"This can happen to anyone having a surgery, but it's a relatively rare occurrence after knee procedures," DiNubile said, according to the Globe. "The earlier you recognize and treat it -- that's surgery and antibiotics -- the less likely you're going to have problems down the line. The best-case scenario is that they got it early, and if everything goes right, he would be back at the same time as was expected."

Brady had surgery 29 days after he was injured in the Patriots' season opener, on a hit by Kansas City Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard. Brady reportedly tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.