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Minor surgery for Leafs' Gustavsson

Tuesday, 09.15.2009 / 4:09 PM / News

Rookie goalie Jonas Gustavsson underwent minor surgery, Tuesday, spending only a few hours in a Toronto hospital after undergoing a procedure called ablation.

Doctors inserted catheters into the groin muscle to dissolve an abnormality that was throwing off the rhythm of Gustavsson's heartbeat.

Gustavsson felt dizzy Friday at the team physical after a strenuous round on the exercise bike. That incident was written off as an overtaxed system.

"We're just lucky it happened when he was put under stress," said coach Ron Wilson "because otherwise it can be difficult to detect."

Gustavsson returned to the ice the day after feeling faint but doctors reviewing his case noticed the problem.

"It's fairly common," Wilson said. "Our doctors say they will do 10 players in a summer."

"We don't expect him to miss more than 48 hours."

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