Dr. Neal ElAttrache to perform Manny Pacquiao's shoulder surgery: 5 things to know

Anuja Vaidya and Laura Dyrda -   Print  |

Neal ElAttrache, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, will perform shoulder surgery on Manny Pacquiao, according to a Morning News USA report.

Mr. Pacquiao recently lost a high-profile fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mr. Pacquiao had an undisclosed shoulder injury that could have had an impact on the outcome of the fight.


Here are five things to know about the procedure:


1. According to Dr. ElAttrache, an MRI scan confirms that Mr. Pacquiao has a rotator cuff tear that needs to be repaired.


2. The shoulder injury is now causing controversy, according to a Business Insider report. Mr. Pacquiao signed a pre-fight medical questionnaire where he claimed he had not suffered any injury to his "shoulders, elbow or hands."


3. During the weeks between sustaining the injury and the fight, Mr. Pacquiao received treatment including possible injections of Toradol and lidocaine, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission blocked injections the night of the fight.


4. Mr. Pacquiao's side reported his shoulders improved leading up to the fight, but re-injured his shoulder during the fourth round.


5. Mr. Pacquiao is expected to return to training in six months after the surgery if the procedure and rehabilitation is successful. He'll be able to return to competition within nine months if he stays on schedule, according to Dr. ElAttrache.


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