TAMPA BAY - Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle underwent a second surgery today to treat the left wrist injuries he sustained when a skate fell from his locker, lacerating his thumb tendons, on September 23. Boyle experienced a setback when the tendons failed to heal properly after the initial surgery performed in Tampa following the incident.
Today's operation, performed in Baltimore at the Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital by renowned hand surgeon, Dr. Thomas J. Graham, consisted of transferring a tendon from an adjacent finger to restore normal strength and function to Boyle's thumb and wrist. The hand will remain immobilized in a splint for the next few weeks, after which time an individualized rehabilitation plan will be carried out.
"I am extremely confident that this operation will allow Dan and the Lightning to move forward after these unusual and unfortunate circumstances,” said Graham, the Hand Center Chief and Director of the Hospital's Arnold Palmer SportsHealth Center. “It's an honor to collaborate with the outstanding medical and training staff of this championship organization."
Boyle was joined in Baltimore by the Lightning's head athletic trainer, Tom Mulligan. Mulligan's efforts to observe the surgery will allow an even greater ability for the team to plan and implement Boyle's course to return to play. Correspondence between Dr. Graham, Mulligan and the Lightning's team physician, Dr. Ira Guttentag, will continue throughout Boyle's recovery and rehabilitation.