Thursday, April 16, 2015

KU sophomore Brannen Greene’s surgery deemed a success

Self says 'rehab will be somewhat significant,' player to return to court 'approximately five months'

Kansas guard Brannen Greene (14) tries to quiet the Texas crowd after a three during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Kansas guard Brannen Greene (14) tries to quiet the Texas crowd after a three during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.


Kansas University sophomore guard Brannen Greene had three-hour surgery today in Nashville, Tennessee to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

“Everything went well. He will be in a state of limited physical activity the next two months and on crutches, and after that start physical activity. In four months he will be back 110 percent pain free,” Greene's dad, Jeffrey Greene, said in a phone conversation.

Coach Bill Self said, "the rehab will be somewhat significant because he'll be on crutches for eight weeks and probably not return to the basketball court for approximately five months."

Jeffrey explained the injury: “He had a torn labrum he did in early February that he didn’t tell anybody about. He couldn’t push off his right leg and jump off his right leg. It got worse. The inflammation was the pain he was feeling. It continued to swell and swell.

“Genetically when you are 7-years-old you start to form that ball socket. The ball socket was a tiny bit bigger than they felt it should be, so they shaved it down a bit. He had no bone spurs. It went well. He is in recovery in a good amount of pain. Give it a day and the pain should subside.”

Jeff Greene said Brannen wanted to keep playing thus didn’t inform anybody about a possible hip problem this past season.

“I noticed he wasn’t getting any lift on his shot. It was flatter than normal at times. It wasn’t the same repeating motion,” Jeff said. “After a few games I was saying to him, ‘Why is your shot different? It’s a different shot than the one that got us here.’ He was trying to keep his condition from everybody, me, the staff, the trainers. He was saying, ‘I just need to stretch out a little more.’ I knew he wasn’t getting lift on the shot. He didn’t want us to know he was injured other than, ‘I think I tweaked something.’’’

Greene’s dad noticed his son had trouble getting out of a chair at the team hotel during the Big 12 tournament, but Greene again said he was just sore from the previous game.

“He came home two weeks ago. He yelled getting out of a chair and had trouble walking. I said, ‘What in the heck is wrong?’ He said, ‘I hurt it. I got hit in a game, hit in practice, my hip has not been the same.’ I said, ‘This happened right before the (shooting) slump didn’t it?’ He said he hurt it but it wasn’t as painful but keeps getting worse,” Jeffrey said.

So it was checked out and surgery was deemed the solution. The surgery was performed by Dr. J.W. Thomas Byrd at Nashville Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center. The Tennessee Titans team physician has authored several textbooks on hip arthroscopy.

Self is counting on Greene to not miss any games to start the 2015-16 season.

"Brannen, his father and Bill Cowgill (KU Associate Director of Sports Medicine) traveled to Nashville this week to have hip surgery performed by Dr. (J.W. Thomas) Byrd, one of the most experienced hip surgeons in the United States," Self said. "Surgery went very well. Everything went as planned. It should not impact practice as he should be full speed by the time we start practicing."

Greene spoke to the fans via Twitter this afternoon: "Thank you guys for all the well wishes. Just a bump in the road. Can't wait to get back on the court with my brothers!"

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Michael Uphaus 6 years, 9 months ago

It aint "hip" to hide a serious injury but I respect the hell out of him for being a team player.

Benz Junque 6 years, 9 months ago

A torn or partially torn labrum is one of those things where it is annoying and bothers you but you feel like you can deal with it. I doubt he was hiding anything. My wife had the same injury and surgery a few years ago and simply dealt with it for almost a year before she finally had enough of it limiting her life and got the surgery done. She, like it sounds like Brannen did, simply hoped it would heal with some rest but it didn't.

Sounds like Brannen toughed it out to the end of the year, gave it a few weeks after the end of the season to see if being off of it would help and when it didn't, opted for the surgery. Frankly, the rehab from the surgery will probably end up putting him in some of the best shape of his life and he may find himself having a great year next year finally feeling better!

Adam Tyler 6 years, 9 months ago

Take your time, let everything heal properly, and be ready when it matters most.

Wish you the best of luck BG.

Larry Smith 6 years, 9 months ago

Explains a lot. That's a tough SOB to gut that out.

John Boyle 6 years, 9 months ago

I noticed him grabbing his hand and shaking it at the game prior to his shooting slump. I assumed that he had a hand or wrist problem that caused his slump. Guess that's what I get for assuming. Glad they figured out the cause of his pain. Godspeed with the recovery and come back firing those 3's next season.

Jesse Johnson 6 years, 9 months ago

Please, please, please, please let this mean he is going to be able to shoot the ball all next season like he did for the first half of B12. We were a completely different team when he was making his 3s. His slump perfectly coincided with us losing most of our road games (and barely winning several home games) in the 2nd half of B12. This could be huge for our team next year.

Eliott Reeder 6 years, 9 months ago

So... say he doesn't get hurt and finishes out the season shooting as well as he was for that stretch, what would the result have been? Wins over WSU and ND? Big XII tournament title?

Tony Bandle 6 years, 9 months ago

It might be wise to consider a medical redshirt for Brannen. A torn labrum is serious stuff and it's one of those injuries that, after surgery, it feels much better than it should and there may be a temptation to overdo it and risk re-injury or worse.

I'm sure the docs know what there doing and a healthy Brannen popping threes left and right would be a great boost for next season!!!

Rodney Crain 6 years, 9 months ago

I agree Tony. Hate to see him rush it and be out for the season. We are going to need all hands on deck the way recruiting is going right now.

Benz Junque 6 years, 9 months ago

There is more than enough time for recovery considering the level of rehabilitation that he will be provided by the KU athletic trainers. Especially since school is out and he can focus 100% on his health and recovery. Couldn't me a more perfectly timed surgery.

There shouldn't be a need for a red shirt at all since practice doesn't start for 6 months and games don't start for 7 months.

Joseph Bullock 6 years, 9 months ago

Tony, He went to one of the best hip surgeons in the Country, so I think if he says he will be ready for the start of practice, next season, we should be fine with that. By the way, Dr. Byrd has been performing those kinds of surgeries for two decades, and he is not just one of the surgeons at the Nashville Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, where Brannens surgery was done, he Founded the place! But, you are right, as what you are saying is that he needs to listen to what the Doctors tell him. I'm sure he will, because he won't want that kind of pain, again, and he sure doesn't want to miss games, next year!

Scott MacWilliams 6 years, 9 months ago

YOWCH! Brannen, take care of your self dude!!

Yeah, we all want you out there bombing away, but we don't want you ending up with some kind of life-limiting permanent injury. Everyone in Jayhawk Nation is pulling for you to be pain-free and fully mobile ASAP. Thanks for all your hard work and get well!! ON to the 2015-16 season!

Michael Leiker 6 years, 9 months ago

Very worrisome for a guy whose foot speed is the biggest concern with his game. He will have to get after it hard in September once he is back. For some reason I picture BG gaining about 25# through this.

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