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Dr. Robert Watkins releases statement on Gronkowski back surgery

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Tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent yet another surgery Tuesday as part of an offseason filled with procedures aimed at patching the New England Patriots star back together.

This surgery was to address a problematic back. The surgery was said to have gone well and now the surgeon who performed the procedure, Dr. Robert Watkins, has released a statement on the procedure.

New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy surgery performed by Dr. Robert Watkins at Marina Del Rey Hospital in Los Angeles,” the statement said, via Christopher Price of WEEI.com. “The surgery went well. The timing of his return to football will depend on his progression through the rehabilitation program.”

A lumbar discectomy is geared toward addressing issues with a herniated disc in a person’s back.

Watkins performed the same surgery on New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul earlier this month. Pierre-Paul’s recovery time was pegged at 12 weeks. If the same time table holds for Gronkowski it will be very close whether he’ll be available to start the season. Twelve weeks from the day of the surgery would be two days after the Patriots season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

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18 Responses to “Dr. Robert Watkins releases statement on Gronkowski back surgery”
  1. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 19, 2013 2:01 AM

    Tread with caution New England. Gronk is a legit difference-maker on many levels – don’t rush him out there like some teams do with promising talent.

    My Steelers foolishly pushed Defensive ROTY Kendrell Bell out – and poof, career over.

  2. Ridley Me This says: Jun 19, 2013 2:59 AM

    he’s gonna play, he’s a beast

  3. titknocker says: Jun 19, 2013 3:02 AM

    gronk might have crap for brains…..but at least he never killed anyone.

  4. briscocountyjr says: Jun 19, 2013 3:12 AM

    in a 24 hour period the NE tight end depth has been crushed, at least they’ll get a top 10 pick. Book it!

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 19, 2013 3:35 AM

    Well, the Pats got a couple of tight ends in 2010 at bargain draft prices. Hernandez due to character concerns and Gronkowksi due to health concerns. Guess what?

  6. gtorlone says: Jun 19, 2013 4:57 AM

    It would be a shame if Gronk couldn’t play Week One because he’s from Buffalo, said no Bills fan ever.

  7. patsandwannabees says: Jun 19, 2013 7:09 AM

    Lots of heat on Gronk right now because of his partying and injuries. He’s always been a nice kid and he’s a genetic freak.

    He’ll be back and have a monster year. Pats haters, go ahead and hit the thumbs down……Jealousy is an ugly thing.

  8. jimjets says: Jun 19, 2013 7:19 AM

    bad news = diabetes has set in
    good news = gronkowski didn’t murder anybody

  9. kelvinmchale says: Jun 19, 2013 7:23 AM

    No rush, take your time , Gonk.

  10. tatatoothy says: Jun 19, 2013 7:41 AM

    Not a Patriots fan, but Gronkowski is from my town and I’ve enjoyed following his career. Sadly, I fear he will never be the same guy again.

  11. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 19, 2013 8:00 AM

    I guess picking up Jake Ballard wasn’t a head scratcher after all.

  12. cometkazie says: Jun 19, 2013 8:14 AM

    Here’s to speedy healing, Rob!

  13. dspyank2k11 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:16 AM

    I think they should make a reality TV show called “The Docs” starring Dr. James Andrews and Dr Robert Watkins.

    Anyone is free to steal this idea.

  14. m3dman3 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:10 AM

    I want him to play week one, so there are no excuses as to why the Bills whooped the patriots.

  15. clssylssy says: Jun 19, 2013 10:17 AM

    LOL…As I recall the Cards whooped the Patriots last year without an offense or a QB! Back surgery is a MAJOR deal and to rush his return would be selfish and short sighted. Better to have him strong towards the end of the season when things are down to the wire, than to risk it all over one silly rivalry with a team nobody else pays any attention to. Belicheck will find a way to work around him until he is 100%, have some faith!

  16. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 19, 2013 10:24 AM

    What is the obsession with having him back for week 1? This team is stacked at the TE position and the Patriots can definitely survive against the Bills and the Jets if it comes down to that.

    Last month the consensus amongst the amateur physicians/NFL fans was that Gronk’s entire season was in jeopardy. Now he might miss a week or two. I’ll happily take that as an alternative, and I’ll happily sacrifice Gronk for a couple of games if it means the best for his career.

    And if JPP had the same surgery done why isn’t everyone fussing and cringing over his future?

  17. pftwstbshmc says: Jun 19, 2013 10:54 AM

    Long time Pats fan here….. I don’t want to see him on the field at all this season. I want him to TOTALLY heal from all that has been done and happened. He is a great player when 100% and that is what I want him to be. Not 70%, 80% or any other number less than 100%. I don’t want to see him rushed back into the mix nor do I want him to push them to allowing him to play either. Sit out the season. Heal, rehab and get back into proper shape to play. If he does that it will only be a matter of time for him to break and set new records for the position.

    Good luck Gronk. Hope all goes well.

  18. chazzmon says: Jun 19, 2013 11:10 AM

    It’s the tough guy way he plays that makes him successful & popular, sadly it’s the way he plays that may cut his career short. On a side note I don’t think Dancing with the Stars is in his future.

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