Terry Bradshaw Knee Surgery: “I’ve been suffering from persistent knee discomfort in my right knee for the previous three to four years,” the sports commentator said. The pain became so severe that I could hardly move. It began to impact other sections of my body, particularly my back, and I realized I needed to do something.” Terry Bradshaw, the Hall of Fame quarterback, spoke at a meeting of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees in Little Rock on Wednesday, praising the care he had during a recent knee replacement operation at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock.
At the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Bradshaw’s statement came after a presentation by his surgeon, orthopedic surgery Chairman Dr. Lowry Barnes, who highlighted different initiatives made to improve the department’s efficiency and minimize waiting list wait times.
The number of patients seen by the department increased by 86 percent over the latter six months of 2015 compared to the same time the year before, according to Lowry.
Having met with Barnes on a Monday and having the surgery on a Tuesday allowed Bradshaw to host Fox NFL Sunday the following weekend and throw a party for his friends. After two weeks, the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said that he was able to walk independently again.
Bradshaw described how the operation alleviated persistent knee discomfort that had hampered his ability to walk and had begun to impact his back.
Additionally, in his speech, he addressed some of the more contentious problems that have dogged the league in recent years. A different doctor had sent him to Barnes after brain scans revealed that Bradshaw had experienced “a whole lot more” concussions than he had previously believed. Bradshaw explained how he was referred to Barnes by that doctor.
According to him, he came to Barnes and UAMS on the recommendation of Dr. James Andrews, the medical director of the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida, one of the founding members of the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama, and an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
After meeting with Barnes and his family for dinner on a Monday, Bradshaw said that he had surgery on Tuesday and returned to Los Angeles on Friday when he hosted an after-work party for Fox workers. On Sunday, he returned to the airwaves to host the Fox NFL Sunday show.
Barnes, head of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, told the board of trustees that Bradshaw’s post-operative regimen demonstrates how resilient he is.
“Nobody goes across the nation three days after having a complete knee replacement and throws a party for 120 people,” says the author. That is something no one does. “After that, he goes on the air for a few of days,” Barnes said. Laughing, he went on to say that Bradshaw “may have had some pain medication on board [during the broadcast] since he did indicate that the Steelers will win the Super Bowl.”