Surgery set for Uecker | Second procedure to fix tear will be Tuesday /
Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker is headed back to the
operating room next week for more open-heart surgery.
Brewers announced that Uecker, 75,
will have a second surgery Tuesday at Froedtert Hospital.
The team said the surgery is needed because of a pseudoaneurysm,
or tear, at the site of his valve replacement.
“It is believed that this occurred due to a skin-related staph
infection which entered the bloodstream and seeded itself into his
surgical repair site,” the
Brewers said in a statement. “He
acquired the infection roughly six weeks after his initial
procedure on April 30 of this year. Froedtert & The Medical
College of Wisconsin cardiothoracic surgeon Alfred C. Nicolosi
performed the first surgery and will operate in Tuesday’s procedure
as well.” In the the
Brewers’ statement, Uecker said:
“I’m approaching this with the same optimism that I had the first
time, and I appreciate all of the kind thoughts and well wishes
Brewers fans and everyone who has
reached out to me.” Uecker added that he expected to be ready to
get back to work before spring training next year.
The recovery time for the surgery is projected to be a minimum
of eight weeks.
“Bob’s heart is stronger now following his initial operation and
therefore I think he will tolerate this operation very well,” said
James Kleczka, a Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Uecker, who just completed his 40th year broadcasting
Brewers baseball, first learned of
his heart problem last fall but had hoped to make it through the
2010 season. But his condition worsened early in the season and he
elected to have the surgery early.
Uecker also was coming off surgery last January in which part of
his pancreas was removed.
Uecker returned to the broadcast booth in July after enduring a
setback with a staph infection. He gradually worked his way back
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