London Fletcher on his surgeries


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London Fletcher’s iron-man NFL career had certain side benefits; by never getting seriously injured, for example, the Redskins linebacker never required offseason surgery. Until this offseason, that is, when he went under the knife twice, to correct both elbow and ankle issues. Which means Fletcher is now doing something else new: spending the spring rehabbing.

“Getting in there every day, getting after it,” Fletcher recently told Adam Carriker’s 4th and Pain podcast. “It’s been a different process for me, having never gone through surgeries before. It’s something that I’ve got to get used to, [to] learn the patience of the process as far as rehab goes.”

Of course, that’s boring. Something that isn’t boring: vomit. Every blog item gets more interesting with a dollop of vomit.

“These being your first two surgeries ever, what were they like for you?” Carriker asked. “Because for an individual such as myself they’re pretty much horrific, and I wind up puking out of the anesthesia.”

“Well the first surgery I was very anxious, very nervous, never having had a surgery,” Fletcher said. “I wasn’t excited about being put to sleep. I was nervous about that. Once I woke up, I was happy that the first surgery was over with. I did experience the nausea that you mentioned. Mine happened maybe about three or four hours after surgery. The nurse came in and was like we want to give you something for your stomach, for nausea, just in case. Initially I was like oh I’m ok, I’m feeling fine. Probably about an hour, 45 minutes later, it just came out of nowhere. All of the sudden I was just puking all over the place.”

Pics or it didn’t happen. Also, Fletcher said his biggest fear was “not waking up.”

“I was fearful,” he said. “I was like, ‘I don’t know about this anesthesia.’ The second surgery went well, I was a little bit more calm, having experienced the other one not too much prior to that. The second time I was a little more calm and relaxed.”

As for why he decided to get cut up and keep playing the game, the answer was pretty much what you’d expect.

“I knew if I was going to continue to play I was going to have to get those things operated on,” Fletcher said. “I wasn’t too excited about it, tried to see if maybe things would calm down with some time passing, but things weren’t getting any better, so I had to go the surgical route….I still feel like I’ve got a lot of football left in me, still playing at a high level. I feel like we’re on the verge of doing some big things here and I wanted to be a part of it.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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