Monday, November 18, 2019

Statement on Tua Tagovailoa from Dr. Lyle Cain

 “Tua underwent successful surgery on his right hip Monday morning in Houston. The procedure went as planned, and he is resting comfortably. Tua’s prognosis is excellent, and we expect him to make a full recovery. He will return to Tuscaloosa in the next several days to begin his rehab.”

 Dr. Lyle Cain

Team Orthopedic Surgeon, Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Clinic

Tua Tagovailoa is out for the remainder of the season due to a hip injury sustained during the football game against Mississippi State on Saturday. He is scheduled for surgery in Houston today.

While the situation is grim for the junior quarterback, Tagovailoa is keeping his smile wide as he and his family flew to Houston to prepare for surgery.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban called it a freak accident when Tagovailoa was sacked from behind and suffered a dislocated hip with a posterior wall fracture. On Sunday, the team’s orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain issued a statement regarding Tagovailoa’s condition and the road to recovery.

The updated statement released at 5 p-m tonight from Cain reads:

“For the past 24 hours our medical team has consulted with multiple orthopedic experts across the country, who specialize in hip injuries and surgeries. Based on that research, Tua is being flown to Houston tonight to be evaluated and is scheduled to have hip surgery Monday. As previously stated, we anticipate a full recovery. The main focus has been, and will remain, on Tua, his family, and making sure we are providing them the best medical care possible.”

On Sunday morning, Tagovailoa posted Instagram pictures of his teammates visiting him in the hospital with the caption, “Ohana means family and family means no one gets left behind,” a popular quote from the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch. On Twitter, videos were posted of the quarterback dancing in his hospital bed, smiles abound.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/Tuaamann?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Tuaamann</a> bringing the sick tunes AND moves from his hospital bed. What a dude :’) Sending all the love and good vibes for a safe and speedy recovery! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/rolltide?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#rolltide</a> <a href="https://t.co/GLwIaWe1jO">pic.twitter.com/GLwIaWe1jO</a></p>
<p>— sav (@savannahkt_) <a href="https://twitter.com/savannahkt_/status/1196315671551979520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 18, 2019</a></p></blockquote>”}}

Tagovailoa was airlifted to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Birmingham, where he was undergoing testing to determine the best course of treatment. WVUA 23 will provide updates on his condition as they are available.

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