David Shoemaker of Deadspin.com and Grantland.com noted on Twitter this evening that Daniel Bryan will require another surgery.
This is consistent with other recent reports stating that Bryan was told he needs surgery to repair nerve damage that has caused a loss of strength in one of his arms. However, doctors have been trying to figure out ways to restore strength without invasive surgery.
Tommy John surgery is a form of UCL reconstruction that is most commonly performed on baseball pitchers, because of their consistent use of a specific muscle group.
While Shoemaker is considered an incredibly reliable source within the wrestling industry, what’s interesting here is his estimation that Bryan would need “at least 3 more months” out of action. The average rehab time for Tommy John’s is about a year, with patients not even able to begin elbow exercises until more than a month into the healing process. In some serious cases it can take up to two years for the injuries to fully heal. Granted, Bryan will have had much less damage as a pro wrestler than a pitcher, and WWE’s doctors have worked miracles in the past, so David’s estimation (or that of his source) could be totally accurate.
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