Vonn switches surgeons, has ACL repaired by Dr. Jim Andrews
Vail’s Lindsey Vonn switched surgeons Tuesday and underwent “successful” reconstructive surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee with renowned Florida-based surgeon Dr. Jim Andrews.
“Lindsey Vonn underwent successful ACL reconstruction surgery [Tuesday]. Dr. Jim Andrews performed the procedure and expects her to make a full recovery in time for next year’s World Championships in Vail, Colo.,” Vonn spokesman Lewis Kay said in an email statement on Wednesday.
Lindsey Vonn and her dog Leo, recovering from her knee surgery with Dr. Jim Andrews on Tuesday (Lindsey Vonn Facebook page).
Last year, Vonn had her right knee reconstructed by Vail-Summit Orthopedics surgeon Dr, William Sterett, her longtime physician. But she re-injured the knee training at Copper Mountain in November and then admitted after a World Cup downhill in Val d’Isere, France, last month that she was skiing without an ACL.
Sterett and the clinic declined to comment at the time.
Just last week Vonn decided to shut down her racing for the season and not try to compete in next month’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
“Surgery was successful! Resting with loved ones and of course my cuddle buddy Leo,” Vonn posted on Facebook Wednesday. “So thankful to have such great people helping me. Will update more later.”
Andrews, the team doctor for the Washington Redskins NFL franchise, has consulted with or worked on a Who’s Who of professional athletes in the United States, including Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Adrian Peterson, Albert Pujols, Bo Jackson, Roger Clemens and many more.
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