Mike Green is scheduled this afternoon to undergo sports hernia surgery, a fairly common procedure in the hockey world.
Among those who have undergone the procedure at some point in their career (thanks to stats guru Neil Greenberg for the data) are Brooks Orpik, Michael Del Zotto, Danny Briere, Kris Versteeg and Ed Jovanovski, while Islanders netminder Rick DiPietro is scheduled to have the surgery this week.
Capitals assistant coach Dean Evason underwent the surgery during the 1998-99 season, the final year of his playing career, back when he was a member of Landshut EV in Germany.
Of course, everyone reacts differently to medical procedures. Evason’s comments about his situation with the surgery and recovery are meant purely to provide extra context to the situation — not serve as any type of template for what Green may or may not experience moving forward.
Evason had a history of lingering groin problems. He’d pull the muscle every so often, occasionally missing a few games but regularly playing through the pain. When he was playing in Germany, though, the injury became so painful he couldn’t skate any more. With the league on hiatus for the Olympics, he underwent surgery in Munich.
“Recovery is basically three, three and a half weeks,” Evason explained. “It takes a bit of time to strengthen back up your abs but as far as coming back pain-free and stronger, one hundred percent.
The recovery “is nice because there is a specific timeframe that you go by,” Evason said. “You can’t do situps for a couple of weeks and then you just slowly work into it, start riding the bike and eventually start skating. You can get a real good handle on when you’ll be back and you can target a time to come back with your exercises and your training.”
Evason, now 47, said that upon completing his recovery he finished that season in Germany, was pain free and hasn’t had a problem with the injury since. Granted, Evason didn’t play again after that year but in all the bag skates he participates in with the Capitals’ scratches, it hasn’t been a concern.
“No, not a thing,” Evason said when asked if he experienced problems following the surgery. “But I didn’t play again after that year. I finished that season and the playoffs and then I was done. The amount that we skate with the guys after [practice] and stuff, I’ve never had a problem with it since. Obviously it’s not at the level of what these guys are skating but I’ve never had an issue with it again.”
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