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Sharp undergoes emergency appendectomy

Monday, 09.12.2011 / 9:15 PM / 2011 Offseason News

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Sharp undergoes emergency appendectomy
Just days before the start of training camp, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp underwent emergency surgery Monday night.
Just days before the start of training camp, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp underwent emergency surgery Monday night.

Sharp, who signed a long-term contract extension with the Blackhawks this summer, had an appendectomy after feeling pain in his abdomen. Sharp could be back in time for Chicago's regular-season opener at Dallas on Oct. 7.

"Patrick Sharp underwent an emergent surgical appendectomy this evening after experiencing some abnormal abdominal discomfort," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement issued by the club. "The surgery was successful and I anticipate a full recovery in approximately three to four weeks."
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