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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Braves’ Heyward has appendectomy in Denver

Which probably explains the vermiformy looking .121/.261/.259.

Braves right fielder Jason Heyward underwent an appendectomy Monday night at a Denver hospital, the team announced just before 1 a.m. Eastern time.

Recovery for appendix surgery is typically 2-3 weeks for baseball players, although Matt Halladay of the Cardinals and Adam Dunn of the White Sox returned from laparascopic emergency appendectomies in about one week in 2011. Neither went on the 15-day disabled list, but it’s more common for a player to be placed on the DL and not rush his return.

The rest period following appendix removal was reduced with the advent of the laparascopic appendectomy, a less invasive procedure than the traditional open appendectomy. Professional athletes usually have the laparascopic procedure.

There were no details provided in the two-sentence release from the Braves, other than Heyward had surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver and the procedure was successful. More details should be forthcoming Tuesday.

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   1. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM (#4423126)
Matt Halladay?
   2. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM (#4423136)
Matt Halladay?

Great arm. Tries to catch balls with his nads, though.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM (#4423144)
The appendix is totally useless, not unlike Jason Heyward in the Braves lineup.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: April 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM (#4423145)
Adam Dunn of the White Sox returned from laparascopic emergency appendectomies in about one week in 2011.


Wow, the Sox were lucky he was able to get back on the field so quickly.
   5. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM (#4423232)

The appendix is totally useless, not unlike Jason Heyward in the Braves lineup.


Well sure, unless you enjoy eating raw meat, which many posters here do, if the responses on how to properly cook a steak are to be believed.
   6. Hack Wilson Posted: April 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM (#4423285)
I lost my appendix in Greece.
   7. esseff Posted: April 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM (#4423291)
I lost my appendix in Greece.


Little-known Tony Bennett follow-up to his greatest hit.
   8. thetailor Posted: April 23, 2013 at 02:35 PM (#4423488)
Wow, the Sox were lucky he was able to get back on the field so quickly.

Maybe my sarcasm detector is off, but having Dunn on the field in 2011 was anything but lucky.
   9. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: April 23, 2013 at 02:45 PM (#4423511)
The rest period following appendix removal was reduced with the advent of the laparascopic appendectomy, a less invasive procedure than the traditional open appendectomy.

My ex-wife had a lap procedure to remove her gall bladder several years ago. They were wrapping up and starting to bring her up from the anesthesia when the doc nicked something and she started bleeding quite the gusher (or so we were told). They had to restart the anesthesia and open her all the way up across her abdomen to get it under control followed by a couple days in ICU then another 3 or so in a regular room. Later they told us she damn near bled out on the table.
   10. bigglou115 Posted: April 23, 2013 at 02:55 PM (#4423527)
My ex-wife had a lap procedure to remove her gall bladder several years ago. They were wrapping up and starting to bring her up from the anesthesia when the doc nicked something and she started bleeding quite the gusher (or so we were told). They had to restart the anesthesia and open her all the way up across her abdomen to get it under control followed by a couple days in ICU then another 3 or so in a regular room. Later they told us she damn near bled out on the table.


Something similar, though far less frightening, happened when I was getting my shoulder fixed. They were just supposed to go in and clean up the rotator cuff, a larger surgery was scheduled for later to take care of accrued tendon damage from a lifetime of regular separations. Once they went in the instrument got caught next to a nerve, so they could either risk damage to the nerve or go ahead and open me up. Apparently my dad gave the go ahead to do the whole thing while I was under. All this to say, I wonder how often this kind of thing happens and should we maybe not treat lap procedures so lightly?

Of course I don't mean for appendectomies or gall bladder surgeries, but a ton of recreational athletes are getting surgeries now were they wouldn't not that long ago.
   11. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: April 23, 2013 at 03:00 PM (#4423536)
Adam Dunn of the White Sox returned from laparascopic emergency appendectomies in about one week in 2011.

Wow, the Sox were lucky he was able to get back on the field so quickly.

Dunn said after the season that he came back too soon, and that started a whole cascade of problems. I'm inclined to believe it played a big part, because he looked like his Washington self through spring and the pre-appendectomy games.
   12. Howie Menckel Posted: April 23, 2013 at 03:57 PM (#4423622)

primey for No 7

   13. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 23, 2013 at 04:10 PM (#4423635)
I just want to say that laparascopic procedures are generally the way to go if that's an option. After a gallbladder or appendix removal, the thing that keeps you in hospital is the wound healing and because the lap procedures have smaller incisions, you can go home more quickly.
   14. Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch) Posted: April 23, 2013 at 04:10 PM (#4423636)
All this to say, I wonder how often this kind of thing happens and should we maybe not treat lap procedures so lightly?


There's an old adage that there's no such thing as minor surgery.
   15. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 23, 2013 at 04:15 PM (#4423647)
There's an old adage that there's no such thing as minor surgery.

sure there is--minor surgery is surgery performed on someone else
   16. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 23, 2013 at 04:16 PM (#4423650)
All this to say, I wonder how often this kind of thing happens and should we maybe not treat lap procedures so lightly?

It's pretty rare. This article is from 15 years ago, and the numbers I am sure are much better now with surgeons being more experienced and having better technique. These are numbers for gallbladder removal.

During the 1,372 operations performed here between May 1, 1990, and May 1, 1994, there were three major vascular injuries. One was to a portal vein, due to dissection during lysis of adhesions; the other two, to the aorta and vena cava, were due to trocar insertions. There was one mortality secondary to liver failure following repair of the portal vein injury. Between May 1, 1994, and December 1, 1996, there were no major vascular injuries; our overall incidence was 0.11%.
   17. Ron J2 Posted: April 23, 2013 at 05:25 PM (#4423737)
#15 Jerry Kramer on Vince Lombardi -- He has a very high pain threshold. None of my injuries bother him at all.
   18. Steve Treder Posted: April 23, 2013 at 05:30 PM (#4423739)
primey for No 7

Seconded.
   19. Steve Treder Posted: April 23, 2013 at 05:32 PM (#4423745)
Dunn said after the season that he came back too soon, and that started a whole cascade of problems. I'm inclined to believe it played a big part, because he looked like his Washington self through spring and the pre-appendectomy games.

Speaking of Adam Dunn: is he, at this point, (sorry) done? 3 singles in 73 PA's, and an OPS+ of 6?
   20. Walt Davis Posted: April 23, 2013 at 06:01 PM (#4423781)
our overall incidence was 0.11%.

Is that good or bad? That was 1 out of 1000 and they were apparently performing about 500 a year. (I'm not sure who "they" are here -- a single hospital?)

As you note that's old data and they seem to have gotten better as they went along. But there must be a ton of appendectomies each year. What's an acceptable rate of "major vascular injury"?

And, hey, what's a nick of the aorta between friends?
   21. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 23, 2013 at 06:11 PM (#4423788)
First, that info is for laparascopic cholecystectomy, (gallbladder removal). "They" is Staten Island University hospital.

Is that good or bad?


I am sure that it is about as good, if not better, than the traditional way of doing it with respect to vascular injury. That's what you have to compare it to. The time it takes to get you out of hospital and back living your life is much better with laparascopic approaches and that's why it's better to have it done that way, IMHO.
   22. madvillain Posted: April 24, 2013 at 02:46 AM (#4424157)
Speaking of Adam Dunn: is he, at this point, (sorry) done? 3 singles in 73 PA's, and an OPS+ of 6?


He's toast imo, his bat is too slow and his head is fully muddled with this new "aggressive approach". Fact is that Adam Dunn has one of the slowest bats in MLB.

Now, this wasn't always the case, but for whatever reason you couple his slow bat with zero speed and increasingly sophisticated shifts, and he's just toast. I'd be pretty shocked if he ever bats over 220 again in a season, and if he doesn't go back to just looking at the first 3 pitches every at bat, he'll never have an OPS over 700 again, either.
   23. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 24, 2013 at 06:54 AM (#4424171)
In yesterday's doubleheader in Colorado, Jason Heyward's replacements went 4-4 (Reed Johnson in Game 1) and 2-4 (Jordan Schafer in Game 2.) Which means their six hits yesterday is one short of Heyward's seven hits on the season.
   24. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:54 AM (#4424222)
I think Dunn's finished. He's been terrible for the better part of two seasons, and he always had the oldest of old player skills. No speed, no ability to hit for average, no defense -- nothing but a big, fat butt and the ability to put the ball in the stands. His BA has dropped like a paratrooper who forgot his chute, and people aren't pitching around him anymore because he isn't the threat to go deep he used to be, so he brings no value to the table at all. If things don't improve for him, I wouldn't be surprised if he retired in-season. He's always had a rep for not really liking baseball, and he doesn't really need the money anymore.
   25. BDC Posted: April 24, 2013 at 09:02 AM (#4424229)
their six hits yesterday is one short of Heyward's seven hits on the season

Well sure, they weren't staggering around with appendicitis.

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