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12-06-2004, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Graveytrain
Had the Rangers Medical staff consulted with any outside specialists during the time between the initial injury and his Surgery? I remember the explanation being something like this not being your " normal " nerve injury that heels itself over time, and they had concluded surgery was necessary after all those months.... months which appear to have cost him his career
When you damage a nerve generally it will heal on its own (sometimes it takes a very long time--centuries even depending on the nerve damaged, but it will ultimately heal itself). You generally cannot "solve" injury to a nerve by surgery. The surgery done on Blackburn was exploratory surgery to see why the nerve was not regenerating on its own. When they did the surgery they discovered that scar tissue was preventing the nerve from fully extending itself and corrected that problem.

Everything I have seen and read (and talked to friends who are doctors) suggests that Blackburn's injury was handled correctly. I don't know if the Ranger medical staff consulted with other doctors, but I imagine that in New York City it would be hard not to--especially because this type of problem is handled by specialists and there just aren't that many of them out there (meaning that no one on the Rangers staff was qualified to deal with this type of injury without consulting someone else). I don't know if doing the surgery sooner would have made a difference and I doubt that anyone knows the answer to that question.

PS (edit): I have NO doubts whatsoever that the Ranger organization did everything in its power to try and correct Blackburn's problem. I have never heard of any suggestion that the organization does stuff on the cheap and it would be incredibly shortsighted--and ultimately cost the Rangers a ton of money in a malpractice suit--not to find the best medical care possible for Blackburn. Medicine is not an exact science and each person responses differently. It's very possible that Blackburn's career was over the day this situation was diagnosed and there was absolutely NOTHING the medical profession could have done to change it.

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