'Band-Aid' surgery speeds recovery for Loyola player

December 18, 1997|By Bill Free

Patrick Davis will need only a simple bandage after back surgery yesterday. That could mean an unusually fast recovery from a herniated disk for the Loyola College basketball player.

Davis, a junior backup center, is expected to be playing as soon as early January after undergoing microendoscopic disectomy at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.

"Basically, it's a Band-Aid disk surgery, since the only post-operative dressing is a Band-Aid," said Dr. Kevin Foley, who pioneered endoscopy, in which surgeons make small incisions and then insert pencil-sized hollow tubes through which they insert tiny surgical instruments and camera lenses.

Davis averaged 12.3 minutes, 2.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in Loyola's first four games this season before suffering the injury in practice.

There was at first talk among the Greyhounds' coaching staff that Davis, a junior-college transfer from Lee College in Texas, would be out for the season and possibly never play again for Loyola.

Pub Date: 12/18/97

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