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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