Dr. James Andrews Expected to Perform Braxton Miller's Shoulder Surgery

By 11W Staff on August 19, 2014 at 9:19p
Dr James Andrews, the surgeon who will perform Braxton Miller's second shoulder surgery.

[HBO Sports]

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It's a name well-known to most die-hard sports fans: Dr. James Andrews.

The Birmingham, Alabama-based surgeon has worked on a swath of elite athletes over a span of decades, and according to CBS' Jeremy Fowler, Ohio State's tapped him to perform Braxton Miller's shoulder surgery.

It will be Braxton Miller's second shoulder surgery since July, when he was injured in the first quarter of the 2014 Orange Bowl.


If you want to get a sense of Dr. James Andrew's swagger — or maybe assuage any fears about Braxton going under the knife — here's the first part of HBO Sports' report on him:

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Crumb's picture

That's good, get the best for the best.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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OSUpawn's picture

Was he booked last February?

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

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Vinsaniti's picture

No it was "minor" in February. No need for DR. Andrews on minor stuff. (Sarcasm )

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Toilrt Paper's picture

So minor it was an outpatient surgery. Supposedly this injury is not related to the first. 

BuckeyeTrappedInSouth's picture

I don't remember who said it earlier or in what of the hundreds of Braxton and/or JT  forums, but someone just got their wish for Dr. Andrews to perform the surgery.

In Urban We Trust

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2002osubuck's picture

That would be me and I'm damn happy! Don't know why he wasn't the Dr from the start.

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chemicalwaste's picture

Maybe because there are some pretty damn good doctors at tOSU already, but this time it HAS to stay put. Another surgery where he misses another year pretty much ruins his chances in the NFL and makes for a substantial hit financially for him. Not that its life threatening, but it could be life changing.

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97Buckeye's picture

Braxton must have a damn good HMO.

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DefendYoungstown's picture

Who pays for this? Does the school pay or do BMillers parents insurance pay for this? Im interested...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

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chemicalwaste's picture

He may be insured in the same way that other players insure knees or shoulders or arms.

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mmounts's picture

The school, definitely. The insurance for specific body parts is more like life insurance....if it "dies" they cash in.

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chemicalwaste's picture

Yeah, that's what I was getting at, it was just 5 AM and the end of my day and the thoughts don't come as clearly or written as coherently as the middle of the day.

DefendYoungstown's picture

Thanks, I always figured that the school would foot the bill. I wasn't aware that they had access to "the best" there was in a specific case.  Rest and heal well BMILLER

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

VintonCountyBuck's picture

Installation of that bionic arm is now ready to begin...

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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97Buckeye's picture

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na...

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Habu71's picture

Thanks to you and Vinton, that theme music is stuck in my head.

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Buckeyeneer's picture

We have the technology . . .

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THE Ohio State University

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2002osubuck's picture

Second shoulder surgery since July? Anyways, this the news I've been waiting to hear. Andrews will get Miller back on track for sure.

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Dmac3212's picture

whats the question mark for?

chemicalwaste's picture

Probably because he didn't have shoulder surgery in July? Wait, that doesn't need a question mark either.

tommrkr's picture

"Iii'm Ron Burgundy?"

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Stinson's picture

Without knowing who Dr. James Andrews was at first, I was frightened when I read he's a physician that lives in Alabama. 

The video was a little more reassuring. 

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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2002osubuck's picture

This guy basically has single handed saved more careers than any person alive. Dudes a miracle worker when it comes to athletes recovering from major injuries.

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Dmac3212's picture

Not to be an asshole but how don't you know Dr. James Andrew. His name in popularity is up there with the Obamas and Kardashians. 

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ponder10's picture

Shoulder surgery is nothing to F with. I know there's a different throwing motion than in baseball but baseball players dont come back from shoulder surgery, elbow surgery yes, shoulder no. 

The only one I can think of who has come back is Drew Brees... fortunately, he went to Andrews.

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” ~ Baba Dioum

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hit_the_couch's picture

Off the top of my head Alex Smith, Sam Bradford, Matthew Stafford and Mark dirty Sanchez all did and of course they went to Dr. Andrews. A number of guys come back from shoulder surgery; it depends on the circumstances of their injury.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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HENRYJONESJR's picture

Was the first surgery for the exact same thing?  I had two labrum surgeries in less then 12 months  - a lot of time needed to build up the muscle but  one year should be good.  I am the glass is half full type of person.  - Miller comes back next season - now to a  more seasoned defense and offense of line - could be even better team than this year.

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Offense of line? I'm hope it was some how an autocorrect thing.

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Toilrt Paper's picture

The first surgery was a simple scope, done as an outpatient. The first has no relationship to this injury.

mmounts's picture

Anyone know who his first doctor was? 

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FitzBuck's picture

No one should.  That's a HIPPA violation.  

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DefendYoungstown's picture

that would be HIPAA

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

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FitzBuck's picture

Thanks I got a little P happy.

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tommrkr's picture

Pretty sure it's a HIPPO violation.  C'mon.

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avail31678's picture

Yep, HIPPOS are protected.

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DefendYoungstown's picture

HIPAA schmippa, makes healthcare administration very complicated...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

wyatt's picture

He is under the federal witness protection program (WITSEC) by now.

Earle's picture

Evidently it was this guy:

Italics are for emphasis.

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BUCK-I-FAN's picture

lol the Fletch reference made my day. love that movie. DR. Rosenpenis

Toilrt Paper's picture

One of the hundreds of excellent surgeons at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. A HUGE world class facility. My wife got excellent treatment there.

Gobucks2204's picture

He should have had Andrews do his first surgery. Oh well hindsight. Best wishes on his recovery, and the chance to cap off one of the most legendary careers ever at Ohio State.

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Toilrt Paper's picture

His 1st surgery was a simple out patient surgery, that had nothing to do with this injury. Went in one day ,was scoped, left the hospital the same day.

741's picture

Good to hear. Officially the best news I have heard all day.

unknownmusketeer's picture

Dr. Andrews will not actually be doing the surgery. He has interns and residents perform the surgery. Athletes have the surgery at Dr. Andrews's clinic since he recruits top notch surgeons, has lots of experience, and carries high levels of medical malpractice insurance.

Edit: I could be wrong. Dr. Andrews may actually be doing the surgery. Evidently, he still does some surgeries. My brother is an ortho surgeon that has done some surgeries for high level athletes (HIPPA means I don't know names). He has contacts that worked for Dr. Andrews.

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ponder10's picture

buzzkill

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” ~ Baba Dioum

unknownmusketeer's picture

It shouldn't be a buzzkill. James Andrews is 72. He trains those that do the surgery superbly. I just wanted to correct the misconception that Dr. Andrews himself does the surgery.

Edit: I tried to correct this inaccurate assessment in the above comment.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

I can't find any evidence James Andrews is retired. Fowler is well respected. Ohio State could certainly afford him. 

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skitav's picture

Dr Andrews certainly still does some surgeries and he would definitely be in on a high profile one like this.

Dmac3212's picture

Im pretty sure he did Rg3 knee himself. 

osubuckeye134's picture

And my confidence in his abilities lowers a bit...

Buckeye414's picture

If it is outside the student health network and If ohio state pays for it then couldn't this amount to an improper benefit? Braxton's insurance policy is paying for it then? If that's the case the NCAA wins another battle for evil. 

-Go Bucks!

Earle's picture

Interns and residents operating on Braxton's shoulder?  Have you never seen ER or Grey's Anatomy??

Italics are for emphasis.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

OSU is not messing around. It comes out earlier today that it is official that Brax needs surgery and they already got him appointed for the best surgeon around.

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

Toilrt Paper's picture

Ohio State didn't mess around when JT hurt his knee. He was still in high school, before official signing day. Ohio State had the Dallas Cowboy's Orthopedic Surgeon  repair his knee.

whiskeyjuice's picture

Good info, I vaguely remember that. A friend of mine (happens to be a Badger fan) was teasing me that OSU was going to put in a QB with knee problems. As far as I know, there hasn't been any info suggesting that J.T. has any lingering effects from that knee injury.

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

teddyballgame's picture

The GOAT sports surgeon

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GreatLakesBeer's picture

Whatever it takes to come back Braxton is doing. Putting everything on the line to once again be the quarterback for the Buckeyes

If you will it dude, it is no dream

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Who did it the 1st time? My immediate thought was... That guy probably won't be seeing any big-time athletes anytime soon. 

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LoufromOSU's picture

I think we need more explanation as to what really happened before we throw the first surgeon under the bus.  Some sites have reported a rumor that Braxton wasn't all-in on his rehab either, skipping sessions.  If he wasn't doing everything needed to rehab, then how can a surgeon be blamed?

My point is that we do not know that the first surgery was necessarily botched and there could be additional reasons as to why this injury occured.  Glad he has Andrews now, but I do not think tOSU would send him to some 1st year resident on the first go-round either.

"The key to a winning season is focusing on one opponent at a time. Winning one week at a time. Never look back and never look ahead." - Chuck Noll
 

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Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Who is reporting that Braxton wasn't "all-in" on his rehab?  This is news to me.

buckeyefn31's picture

I heard this rumor on Tuesday.

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LoufromOSU's picture

I won't name the site, but it has posted a few pieces (with a disclaimer that it is essentially rumor) citing now 2 sources who claim he was not rehabbing as he should.  There also was mention that a walk-on lineman tweeted a photo with the caption "this is what rehab looks like Braxton" that was immidiately removed.

Up until that point, I heard he was working hard.

What is clear is that the staff sugar-coated things all along.  The initial injury/issues with rehab had to be more serious than was let on.

"The key to a winning season is focusing on one opponent at a time. Winning one week at a time. Never look back and never look ahead." - Chuck Noll
 

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Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Why say "some sites" and then say "I won't name the site" ?!  If you're going to further spread a rumor, then at least have the decency to cite where you're getting your rumor from.  Otherwise... you're just spreading hogwash.

LoufromOSU's picture

Bucknuts Boarding House.  Happy?  And I have never said it was true and have not misrepresented anything, so thanks for the downvote.

"The key to a winning season is focusing on one opponent at a time. Winning one week at a time. Never look back and never look ahead." - Chuck Noll
 

Toilrt Paper's picture

The first surgery was a simple outpatient surgery, that had notihng to do with this injury.

brunstar's picture

I had my shoulder surgery performed at the Andrews Institute by a different doctor.  That place is world class.  I hope he comes back stronger than before.

BuckeyeNTexas's picture

Dr Feel good

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tOSUperiour's picture

Braxton will be alright now. Glad he's got the best.

We don't give a Da*n for the whole state of *ichigan cause we're from OHIO!

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ibuck's picture

I assume OSU is picking up the tab for flying Braxton down there and back, paying for hospital & operation, etc. Perhaps Clemson should be paying for all this.

I wonder if his wife & child will go along or stay here.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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apack614's picture

Do you guys know if with college football comes insurance? Obviously Braxton won't pay out of pocket for this, nor should he! Just wondering how it works, good thing he is getting the best he deserves it! Hope for a speedy and fully recovery good luck Brax! Go Bucks!

"If we worked half as hard as our band, we'd be champions." - Woody Hayes

DefendYoungstown's picture

I heard his co-pay is $25...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

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v65animal's picture

Urban Meyer should pay the bill for not taking him out of the game earlier, it was obvious he was injured.

Go Bucks!

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luckynutz's picture

And whats to say Braxton would have let him take him out. He gutted out almost a full game with a shoulder that was, as we now know, pretty well damaged. And by all accounts, up until that final throw, he masked the pain pretty damn well and was instrumental in keeping his team in that game. By that point, if youre urban meyer, do you take the ball out of the hands of the kid who has given you everything he had inside him in that crucial moment? Or do you ride the young man youve chosen to lead your team? I dont question Meyera reasoning. Or just how much heart and toughness Braxton showed in that game. And who's to say that if he pulled him it ends any differently? You dance with the one that brought you. And if it doesnt work...oh well. At least you know that he left it all on the field.

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BucksFan2000's picture

You're stating that a bit harshly, but I agree with the sentiment.

It's wild speculation to suggest keeping him in there made his shoulder worse, but it was the wrong call to have him throwing down field at the end.  Why they kept going away from Hyde in the fourth quarter at crucial times is the greatest mystery of the 2013 season.

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thatlillefty's picture

Am I the only one who thinks doc looks like Dick Cheney?
 

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Nappy's picture

Like 10 Guy and Dick Cheney had a love child

Fan of bacon since 1981

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BuckeyeNationforLife's picture

Could have just hopped on I-71 South and seen Doctor Kremchek in Cincinnati, one of the MLB's super surgeons and he is pretty well known for dealing with shoulder surgeries.

Eph97's picture

My cousin, who is a well respected orthopedic surgeon in New Jersey, once told me that James Andrews really isn't thought of that greatly among orthopedic surgeons. I mean, not that he is a bad surgeon, but he isn't considered any better or worse than a run of the mill orthopedic surgeon. Andrews has neither published many papers nor has he made any revolutionary discoveries. What likely happened was that he initially did some surgeries on some athletes, the procedures went well, said athletes referred to their friends and his rep spread. Again, not saying he's a bad surgeon by any means, just that he's not considered a "god" in the surgery world (like a Denton Cooley or Seymour Schwartz is) and that his rep among lay people is greater than warranted. Of course being the Buckeye fan that I am I want him to fix Braxton up 100% and have him ready to go for next season. Just thought I'd add another perspective.

Buckeye414's picture

When your recent publication is throwing 39 TDs a year then I don't know if you need much else. 

-Go Bucks!

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Bucksfan70's picture

andrews is the real deal. glad to see braxton is getting the royal treatment here. there is no better surgeon than andrews.

“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.” - Jerry Rice

Colby3333's picture

I just hope he's not a Bama fan or supporter.   I picture little Nicky trying to get in that operating room during surgery.......

All joking aside, hope 5 comes back and blows this league up!

Catch 5's picture

Well he is party of the Alabama medical staff - as a consultant. He has done several procedures for their players. Of course I believe he holds the same status for Auburn if that helps you.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

OSUFlash's picture

So when is the surgery scheduled?

osuflash

buckeyecountry's picture

Heard on TV last night he is headed to Florida today for surgery. Assume it is this guy. They said he did Drew Bree's surgery.

OSUFlash's picture

If true that's good news. I was hoping they'd pull the trigger on this sooner rather than later.

osuflash

BSTP DeCon's picture

Well this certainly makes me feel a bit better. I hope this is the doctor's masterpiece!

ThermalShock's picture

Glad to see he is getting the best.  Look forward to seeing him recover and finish his amazing college career on a good note.  Best of luck Brax!

Barnsey69's picture

This is wonderful news for Braxton, his family, and Buckeye Nation. He can now have piece of mind knowing that his surgically repaired shoulder has a good chance of being good as new after rehab. Obviously nothing is guaranteed, but I think the involvement of Dr. Andrews and his staff add to the probability that he will come out of this thing 100%. 

I hope Braxton is slinging balls in the Horseshoe next fall, but if he isn't, I hope he is still slinging them somewhere with a healed shoulder, a degree, and his whole life ahead of him.

GO BUCKS! GO BRAXTON! and GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DR. ANDREWS!!!

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Paulillo's picture

I love that this guy went to LSU and has his practice in Alabama. It's a nice rejoinder to all the derpy comments about the South.