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    Plushenko needs two surgeries

    According to Finnish newspaper Aamulehti, Evgeni Plushenko will need two surgeries, both his knee and his back. Two different doctors will do the operations, and he can then start his rehabilitation aiming to Sochi 2014.

    Sorry, the clip was short, and that is all the information I got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnice View Post
    According to Finnish newspaper Aamulehti, Evgeni Plushenko will need two surgeries, both his knee and his back. Two different doctors will do the operations, and he can then start his rehabilitation aiming to Sochi 2014.

    Sorry, the clip was short, and that is all the information I got.
    Wow! Not a good picture at all. I really wonder about his ability to return to the ice given the complexity of what's going on. IMHO, I think that he would be crazy to do so.

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    His back as well? Never mind skating, I hope both surgeries are without complications and that he'll recover quickly.
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    I really think its time for Plushenko call it day then. He needs to be healthy so he can play with his little boy, teach him to skate etc.

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    There are lots of types of back surgeries and not all of them are severe. Without specific details regarding the surgery and what is entailed, it's premature to put him out to pasture. I think he'll be just fine.
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    If I learned anything about Plushenko it's that he's the skating version of the bionic man. Keeps coming back and looking as strong as ever.

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    Gosh, this reminds me of a Youtube clip I saw with Mary Lou Retton, about how she had to get a hip replacement and how great her doctor was. Here's the clip:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bny8CPukiRo

    Instead of advertising his skills, in the back of my mind it really felt like a warning not to take up gymnastics at the elite level.

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    I wish Plushenko the best, but what does this say about the state of the Russian men's program. Are there really not other men who are going to fight him for his place at Sochi? He is an old man (for skating) and clearly he has his limitations. Why is he still at the top over there?

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    Zhenya, My hopes for a full recovery. Good luck, our friend.

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    Best wishes for his recovery from both surgeries!
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    News clip: http://news.sport-express.ru/2012-02-20/494709/

    He says that the doctors found an intervertebral disc hernia of considerable size. Also, Mishin is quoted saying that in April they will start working on the new program and they are going to collaborate with foreign specialists from Europe and America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    I wish Plushenko the best, but what does this say about the state of the Russian men's program. Are there really not other men who are going to fight him for his place at Sochi? He is an old man (for skating) and clearly he has his limitations. Why is he still at the top over there?
    Because the judges (both national and international) are more indulgent with him than with Artur Gachinski.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiqie View Post
    Also, Mishin is quoted saying that in April they will start working on the new program and they are going to collaborate with foreign specialists from Europe and America.
    Sacrilege!

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    I wish him a speedy, complete recovery.

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    Wow, how sad, after his successes in the recent 2012 Nationals and Euros. I wish him the best in the operations and his training towards Sochi 2014.
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    Would doctors do both knee surgeries at the same time?

    And the poor guy has a herniated disk in his back as well?

    Still, all the more impressive that he was able to jump as well as he did to win Russian Nationals and Euros. But honestly, you have to wonder how much more abuse he thinks his body could take in the lead up to Sochi.

    Good luck with your recovery, Plushy!
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    A herniated disc can be very painful. Regardless of his on ice career, he'll probably feel considerably better when it's taken care of. I wish him well with the surgery. My experience with this sort of surgery - via my son - is that the patient is not supposed to engage in any potentially 'reinjuring' activities for at least a few months after surgery. I guess if he can't jump for a while it's ok since we're going into summer. But if he does and if he injures the site of the surgery, he's in deep physical trouble. I hope he is not encouraged to do anything rash.

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    I retired from jumping after my herniated disk. Perhaps Plushenko would care to join me in ice dance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiqie View Post
    News clip: http://news.sport-express.ru/2012-02-20/494709/

    He says that the doctors found an intervertebral disc hernia of considerable size. Also, Mishin is quoted saying that in April they will start working on the new program and they are going to collaborate with foreign specialists from Europe and America.
    Somehow I suspect those specialists are not choreographers....
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