Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times caught up with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache recently. ElAttrache, a friend of Brady's, performed surgery on the Brady's injured knee in LA. The surgeon told the Times about Brady's injury and post-operative recovery. The interview was the first time Brady's surgeon spoke publicly about the issue
ElAttrache works at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles where the procedure was performed. Earlier reports indicated the team was displeased with Brady's decision to undergo treatment away from the team facilities and the Boston area's reputable network of health specialists. The team backed their QB publicly, but ongoing reports questioned the wisdom in Brady's decision. Brady opted to stand up for his friend and surgeon, telling the Times that it was his own decision to make and he felt confident in ElAttrache's ability to handle the case.
"I chose Neal because that was my decision," Brady told The Times. "There are great doctors all over the world, and Neal was right for me."
ElAttrache was equally supportive of Brady's commitment to recovery, describing the recovery as unprecedented in his experience.
"With regard to his recovery of strength, I've never seen anything quite like it," ElAttrache told the Times. "With an average person, it would have taken probably twice as long to get range of motion and strength back."
ElAttrache has experience working with injuries similar to Brady's. He is the team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and has a strong reputation in the field.
But even his experience didn't prepare him for Brady's rapid recovery. "[Brady] even exceeded what I thought he was going to be able to do," ElAttrache said. "and I was expecting big things from him."
Brady tore ligaments in his knee in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs last season. Since then, he has maintained a low profile during his rehab. Once Brady was able to demonstrate his abiltity to move, the team opted to trade away his backup -- Matt Cassel -- to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The rest of the interview can be found on the Times website: Here
Brady was present throwing and moving about in team drills at the team's OTAs today. It was the second time the media was able to get a look at the quarterback. Considering the season is still a few months away, Brady's time frame for a return should allow him to participate fully in training camp, a thought that was an uncertainty just weeks ago.
The Patriots have three quarterbacks on the roster in addition to Brady. Matt Gutierrez is the longest tenured and, like Brady, was a quarterback at Michigan. Kevin O'Connell was selected by New England in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Brian Hoyer, an undrafted rookie out of Michigan State, signed on with the Patriots this spring.