WBC boxing champ undergoes shoulder repair surgery
Jean-Thenistor Pascal, the Haitian-Quebecker professional boxer and current WBC Light Heavyweight Champion, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder this week and will be unable to train or fight for about nine weeks. The boxer hurt his shoulder while successfully defending his title against Adrian Diaconu last week.
Pascal said he dislocated his right shoulder three times during the fight and had to have his shoulder popped back into place at least once by one of his cornermen. Despite having to box stretches almost entirely with his left hand, and looking hurt and worn down in the last few rounds, Pascal prevailed, earning a unanimous victory from the judges.
“I know I have a lot of guts,” Pascal said after the fight. “I knew it and now I really know it. When it happened the first time I told myself I was finished, but I couldn’t pull out in front of these fans. No way was I going to quit.”
Pascal’s surgery involved the removal of a bone chip and repair to the shoulder labrum, according to a statement released by promoter Groupe Yvon Michel. Pascal has been ordered to rest his shoulder for three weeks followed by five or six weeks of rehabilitation before he will be allowed to resume normal training. Pascal is scheduled to meet the WBC interim champion Chad Dawson in 120 days, but he may need to postpone that meeting until his shoulder recuperates.
Shoulder repair surgeries are about 85-95 percent successful. But some patients have had lingering problems, including the developing of a painful and debilitation condition known as chondrolysis. It wasn’t until after 2000 that doctors began to make a connection between a type of chondrolysis known as Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis and the use of intra-articular pain pumps used in surgery. Details of that discovery were later published by The American Journal of Sports Medicine, and numerous lawsuits from those who suffer from chondrolysis have since filed suit against the makers of pain pumps.
Source: Montreal Gazette