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Kariya Undergoes Successful Hip Surgery

by Staff Writer / St. Louis Blues
UPDATE: Blues President John Davidson announced Feb. 10 that Paul Kariya underwent successful right hip surgery.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Blues forward Paul Kariya will have a second surgery done to repair labrum damage in his right hip.

Kariya, who has not played since Nov. 5, previously had surgery to repair damage in his left hip.

The surgery will be performed on Tuesday by Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, Colorado, where Kariya previously had his initial surgery done on Jan. 5.

"I talked to him about 10 days ago or so and he's so excited about his first surgery because of how it's reacted, he's at least two weeks ahead of schedule with it, and he said the pain and irritation he had in it is completely gone," Blues President John Davidson said. "He's absolutely fired up."

Kariya had a second MRI done on his right hip, which revealed some tearing in the labrum. Kariya has had an extensive stay in Vail to rehab the initial hip injury.

 John Davidson Reacts
Blues President John Davidson addressed the media regarding the decision for Kariya to get another hip surgery. Listen
"They decided while he was there to do an MRI on the other hip, and they found some damage, very similar to the hip he just had done," Davidson said. "(Kariya) called me about it and asked our thoughts about getting surgery on that. My first reaction was, 'Oh, geez.' And then when he explained it all to me, he said if he came back in September, and his one hip has reacted very, very well and the other becomes a problem, then he'd be kicking himself in the (tail) because he's got time on his side right now."

Kariya is expected to make a full recovery from both surgeries and he ready for the start of the 2009-10 season. Kariya tallied 15 points in 11 games this season.

"If it comes through the way we expect, just like this one has, he thinks he's going to be better than he has been for years," Davidson said.

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