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Savage: surgery won’t necessarily make Danny Cleary’s knee issues disappear

If you missed it in the overnight report, Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave the Free Press’s Helene St. James and the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan some standard updates regarding Danny Cleary’s knee surgery, but MLive’s Brendan Savage provides us with a bit more detail as to how the damage in Cleary’s knee—in terms of arthritis and the kind of knee-on-knee grinding that cannot be easily repaired by arthroscopic surgery—will affect #11 going forward:

“There was some floating debris in there (the doctor) cleaned out and some torn cartilage he fixed,” Holland said. “We have to monitor him next season but he should be ready for camp. The doctor feels the surgery was a success.”

Holland said the doctor wants the Red Wings to keep a close watch on how Cleary prepares for training camp in order to ease the wear and tear on his left knee, which required pain-killing injections during the playoffs.

“Danny played with a lot of adversity and a lot of pain,” Holland said.

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I’ve never heard a colleague that would tell their patient that a surgery wasn’t successful.  Outcome and surgical precision are two completely different issues.  You can be a master at a technique, but the key is the outcome.  Arthroscopic surgery isn’t a cure all with Knee OA.  Certainly getting out the loose bodies may help with locking/popping and possibly pain and skating, but in the end, limiting the amount of cushion he has, may only accelerate is condition and progress his pain.  In other words, you can’t make chicken soup out of chicken S*$& no matter how skilled you are.  Sorry to hear, but Danny Boy’s hockey days are numbered.

Posted by Ryan Reeves, M.D. from Texas on 05/10/12 at 02:44 AM ET


“Danny played with a lot of adversity and a lot of pain,” Holland said.

When every child and his dog knew that doing it was stupid and possibly career-ending. Did KH know that?

Posted by Alex on 05/10/12 at 02:41 PM ET

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