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DR. ANDREWS ADDRESSES BRADY SITUATION

As ominous reports regarding the condition of Tom Brady’s left knee continue to surface, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times has made the wise decision of going to the go-to orthopedist for pro athletes.
Dr. James Andrews.
Andrews was consulted by Brady’s surgeon, Dr. Neal “Riviera” ElAttrache and Andrews tells Farmer that Brady “appears to be responding to antibiotics” and that the physicians are confident that his recovery timetable hasn’t been compromised.
 “What I gather from talking to Neal today is that Tom’s getting better, and what has been done is getting him well,” Andrews said.
“Optimistically, once you get this under control and you can save that graft and win the infection battle — which apparently from what I gather he is winning — once the healing process catches back up, it really doesn’t set him behind to any degree relative to the overall healing process.  The main thing is to save the graft.”
Andrews also explained how he became involved in the situation.
“Neal called me in confidence to run this problem by me to see what I thought,” Andrews said.  “We went over that, one, he should be aggressive about going back in, don’t wait on it, don’t let [the infection] continue to declare itself.  Get it washed out and scope it.  And I said he’d probably have to re-scope it several more times to make sure he got it under control.”
Hold on a second.  We always thought Andrews was from Alabama.  As it turns out, maybe he’s from Kiln, Mississippi, because he seems to have acquired the same diarrhea of the mouth syndrome that afflicts one of its most famous native sons.
“Neal called me in confidence,” Andrews says, and yet he’s blabbing to the Los Angeles Times?
Here’s the reality, in our view.  These doctors are every bit as competitive as athletes, if not even more competitive.  Though Andrews said that ElAttrache is “very knowledgeable and as good a decision maker in taking care of athletic injuries — including complications — as anyone in the world,” we’ve got to think that, at a certain level, Andrews is miffed that the most famous surgeon in the sports world wasn’t asked to operate in the first instance on its most famous football player.
And so when ElAttrache ran into a jam, who did he call?  Since God was out of the office that day, ElAttrache settled for the next best entity — Dr. Andrews.
We also can’t help but wonder whether Andrews is trying to get himself in line to be the fixer, in the event that the old-new ACL has to be scrapped and the procedure re-done from scratch.

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21 Responses to “DR. ANDREWS ADDRESSES BRADY SITUATION”
  1. Fail Cat says: Oct 24, 2008 8:39 AM

    “As it turns out, maybe he’s from Kiln, Mississippi, because he seems to have acquired the same diarrhea of the mouth syndrome that afflicts one of its most famous native sons.”
    ha.

  2. LoneRhino says: Oct 24, 2008 8:44 AM

    Andrews is like the Ed Hochuli of surgeons…these guys should just do their jobs and stop looking for glory time. Leave that to the Paris Hiltons.

  3. gwizyadig says: Oct 24, 2008 8:52 AM

    Sounds sorta like a HIPAA violation to me…?

  4. antneejay2 says: Oct 24, 2008 8:52 AM

    Florio, while the scenario you present is within the realm of possibility, I think your reaching way out on this one.

  5. Dude17 says: Oct 24, 2008 8:52 AM

    Probably been answered somewhere else, but can’t Dr. Andrews get in trouble for a HIPAA violation? Brady didn’t authorize him to talk (or *did* he?).

  6. Orangello_Jones says: Oct 24, 2008 9:02 AM

    Good lord Florio talk about labeling yourself a clueless dolt when it comes to the practice of medicine. Doctors call each other all the time for consults among colleagues and there is no statement of skill or rivalry involved when it happened. Furthermore he might have initially called in confidence but who’s to say after all the hullaboo that Andrews didn’t go public -with permission- to put out the fire so to speak? Who’s to say that Andrews did this without the knowledge/permission of both Brady and the other Doctor? Did you actually contact the guy and find out before you basically impugned his integrity?
    Lemme guess, since I didn’t throw sunshine and lollipops your way this post will never see the light of day.

  7. baller90 says: Oct 24, 2008 9:12 AM

    Does anyone here really think that a doctor as accomplished as Dr Andrews would really risk his career and rep by talking to the press unless he ran it by Brady and his doctor first?

  8. shuxion says: Oct 24, 2008 9:12 AM

    Dr. Andrews bathes in money, lucky bastard. Though he is talented.

  9. Rob0769 says: Oct 24, 2008 9:14 AM

    Aparently, Florio watches too much Grey’s Anatomy.

  10. TCLARK says: Oct 24, 2008 9:17 AM

    Orangello_Jones
    Yeah, Like he doesn’t post anti Florio statements. You must be new.

  11. Pea Tear Griffin says: Oct 24, 2008 9:20 AM

    “We also can’t help but wonder whether Andrews is trying to get himself in line to be the fixer, in the event that the old-new ACL has to be scrapped and the procedure re-done from scratch.”
    Stretch Armstrong says, jeeze man…

  12. tv says: Oct 24, 2008 9:24 AM

    So do people in sports think that this is the only credible surgeon in the world?
    What gives with this?
    Surely there are at least a few good surgeons in every major city!

  13. Vox Veritas says: Oct 24, 2008 9:35 AM

    “El Attrache” = “I went to medical school in Guatemala”

  14. TCLARK says: Oct 24, 2008 9:48 AM

    Wow! I didn’t realise how many Dr. Andrews experts read pro football talk. You guys are like ESPN. You’ve heard his name a couple of times, now you know all about him. If your in a Fantasy Physician League, then please accept my humble appology.

  15. pats307 says: Oct 24, 2008 10:07 AM

    ElAttrache/Andrews is like Brady/Manning. DUde is no slouch.
    http://www.kerlanjobe.com/index.php~practiceId=1052&dir=personnel&lib=Personnel&personnelId=3682.html
    PGA, ams, ducks, dodgers, lakeers and kings
    not unusual for he and andrews to consult with each other.

  16. spyboots says: Oct 24, 2008 10:37 AM

    Vox, he studied in the USA and did his internship, residency, and fellowship in the USA. Look up his VC.

  17. samlv4 says: Oct 24, 2008 10:50 AM

    Okay this is just plain pathetic…. No news outlet even has the same story… Just last night the news in NE was that the surgery was performed too early, before his MCL hadn’t completely healed. Also the Pats issued a statement and they stand behind Brady 100%. You will get no info other than that from the Pats organization because they do believe in patient privacy. You should all do the same and stop believing every story you read and hear. Give this man his privacy in his recovery.

  18. CallMeGreen says: Oct 24, 2008 11:46 AM

    For the sake of the good ol’ NF of L, let’s hope Dr. ElAttrache hasn’t “el trashed” Mr. Brady’s knee.
    I’m not a Pats fan, but would still like to see Tom Brady play again.
    And confidentially speaking, I’m not sure I’d want to leave Dr. Andrews in charge of keeping any of my secrets.

  19. pirate freedom says: Oct 24, 2008 12:40 PM

    The cynical and conniving way you think either means you’re a good lawyer or a bad person🙂

  20. Drifter says: Oct 24, 2008 1:41 PM

    You left out the part of the linked article that says:
    “Likewise, Andrews said Brady made the right decision in selecting ElAttrache. “[Neal is] very knowledgeable and as good a decision maker in taking care of athletic injuries — including complications — as anyone in the world.”

  21. Shackman says: Oct 24, 2008 8:58 PM

    Don’t get your undies in a bundle, spyboots, Vox was just being a little facetious. I got a chuckle out of it.

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