Itís a miracle, I need surgery

Times Union--Albany, N.Y.—December 9, 2012

When I walked on the bus last Thursday, I was asked how my doctor's appointment went the previous day and I responded something like "It went greatÖI need surgery." It's almost a contradicting statement but this is some of the most relieving news I gotten in a while.

Last winter, while throwing, I developed what I thought was a minor case of tendonitis in my elbow. I kind of controlled it during the winter and for the beginning of baseball season until I broke my wrist seven games into the season.

When I had my cast on, I started physical therapy after an MRI came back clean, leading the doctor to tell me itís just tendonitis.

When I got my cast off my wrist and started consistently throwing, the pain still remained.

That physical therapy didnít do much for my elbow either and the pain still remained.

Finally my dad, out of desperation, got me an appointment with Doctor David Altchek down in New York City, at Hospital for Special Surgery. This is the same doctor that did surgery on Mets pitcher Johan Santana, so what ever heís says is basically what goes when it comes to elbows.

We went down there expecting Doctor Altchek to tell us the same thing and possibly prescribe a cortisone shot to relieve some inflammation and pain. Boy were we wrong.

Dr. Altchek had me take another MRI, and what the other doctor missed was shocking.

From the MRI that I took down in the city, the doctor found bone spurs around my elbow which have been causing the pain, and a 30 minute surgery can fix it with ease.

Itís a true blessing from God and Iím so thankful for everything I have in life and also for the good news I received. I want to especially thank Doctor Altchek for all he has done and hopefully my surgery next week goes smooth and I'm back to throwing with no pain.

If you ever have any elbow pain, I highly recommend going to see Doctor Altchek. So far heís been a huge help to me.

So yes, the great news is Iím getting surgery.

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