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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Saints' star reveals extent of gruesome injury


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St Kilda skipper Jarryn Geary is finally on the road to recovery after a badly corked thigh turned into an open wound that required three surgeries, 30 stitches and 19 staples to heal.

The tough defender had to have emergency surgery on the badly injured muscle, which he sustained during his side’s 40-point win over Melbourne in round five.

Geary suffered the injury in the third quarter while laying a fierce bump on Demons opponent Jayden Hunt, which prevented what would have been a certain goal.

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He played out the rest of the game but was sent to hospital after experiencing severe pain from bleeding in the muscle.

Making matters worse, he had been playing with a strained right quad, an injury he suffered while warming up before the club's win over Essendon in round two. In addition, he also copped another hit to the thigh in the following week's loss to Fremantle.

Even though Geary was aware of the throbbing pain in his leg, he didn’t think too much of it mainly because he had experienced worse corks in the past. But when he got home he realised something wasn't right.

"I brushed it aside, to be honest. I've had worse corkies, definitely," Geary said.

"I was in the shower with Jack Lonie and he asked me how I was feeling. I felt a little bit sick and I said 'I'm wrecked, I think I had a pretty physical game. I got a corkie but I'll be right. It'll be fine'.

"It wasn't until I got in the car and started driving home – I battled to get out of the car. My leg had blown up pretty significantly by then. I just thought 'I'll go in and ice it'.

"I started icing it and it just kept getting progressively bigger and the pressure started really getting into the leg," Geary said.

It was at that point he started to struggle, with the pain restricting his movement. He ended up and calling the team doctor, who advised him to go to the hospital.

"It got to about 10.30 and I thought 'I'll go and have a shower and get into bed' and then I thought 'Oh no, I better ring Barbs', so I rang our doctor and he said 'You should go to hospital', so I went to hospital.

"From there, it went really quickly. There were a few phone calls from the emergency doctor to a few surgeons. A few weren't available but luckily, a really great surgeon was available, Arvind Jain, who was brilliant throughout the whole process. 

"By two o'clock (on early Sunday morning), I'd had the leg operated on and the pressure relieved."

The defender was left with an open wound in his right leg, with doctors using a device to drain the muscle, while trying to cover up the horrific sight.

"They cut it open, put a VAC dressing on it, which is a vacuum to suck out the blood," Geary said.

"So for a couple of days, I had a VAC dressing on, went in again for surgery a couple of days later just to clean it and out and make sure I didn't have any permanent muscle damage, which luckily enough I didn't. We got on top of it early enough for me not to have any permanent muscle damage." 

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Geary said he was lucky to notice the severity of the injury so soon and would have been in a spot of bother if he didn't get it checked out right away. He said people have lost a leg with a similar injury and that he'll have to wait and see how long he'll be ruled out of action for St Kilda.

"Because the wound's quite significant, in terms of the length of it, I've really got to wait for that to heal," Geary said.

"I can start getting moving, so hopefully today I can jump on the bike and get the legs spinning because I've got stitches and staples in there … but it's all going to be about how the wound heals and then from there, we'll know when I get moving, what kind of condition my muscle is in. 

"They don't cut the muscle or do any damage to the muscle, so hopefully that's fine. If that responds really well, it'll probably be a short timeframe, but if it doesn't then it might be quite longer."

St Kilda skipper Jarryn Geary is finally on the road to recovery after a badly corked thigh turned into an open wound that required three surgeries, 30 stitches and 19 staples to heal.

The tough defender had to have emergency surgery on the badly injured muscle, which he sustained during his side’s 40-point win over Melbourne in round five.

Geary suffered the injury in the third quarter while laying a fierce bump on Demons opponent Jayden Hunt, which prevented what would have been a certain goal.

https://twitter.com/AFLcomau/status/1119771513790418945?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

He played out the rest of the game but was sent to hospital after experiencing severe pain from bleeding in the muscle.

Making matters worse, he had been playing with a strained right quad, an injury he suffered while warming up before the club's win over Essendon in round two. In addition, he also copped another hit to the thigh in the following week's loss to Fremantle.

Even though Geary was aware of the throbbing pain in his leg, he didn’t think too much of it mainly because he had experienced worse corks in the past. But when he got home he realised something wasn't right.

"I brushed it aside, to be honest. I've had worse corkies, definitely," Geary said.

"I was in the shower with Jack Lonie and he asked me how I was feeling. I felt a little bit sick and I said 'I'm wrecked, I think I had a pretty physical game. I got a corkie but I'll be right. It'll be fine'.

"It wasn't until I got in the car and started driving home – I battled to get out of the car. My leg had blown up pretty significantly by then. I just thought 'I'll go in and ice it'.

"I started icing it and it just kept getting progressively bigger and the pressure started really getting into the leg," Geary said.

It was at that point he started to struggle, with the pain restricting his movement. He ended up and calling the team doctor, who advised him to go to the hospital.

"It got to about 10.30 and I thought 'I'll go and have a shower and get into bed' and then I thought 'Oh no, I better ring Barbs', so I rang our doctor and he said 'You should go to hospital', so I went to hospital.

"From there, it went really quickly. There were a few phone calls from the emergency doctor to a few surgeons. A few weren't available but luckily, a really great surgeon was available, Arvind Jain, who was brilliant throughout the whole process. 

"By two o'clock (on early Sunday morning), I'd had the leg operated on and the pressure relieved."

The defender was left with an open wound in his right leg, with doctors using a device to drain the muscle, while trying to cover up the horrific sight.

"They cut it open, put a VAC dressing on it, which is a vacuum to suck out the blood," Geary said.

"So for a couple of days, I had a VAC dressing on, went in again for surgery a couple of days later just to clean it and out and make sure I didn't have any permanent muscle damage, which luckily enough I didn't. We got on top of it early enough for me not to have any permanent muscle damage." 

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Geary said he was lucky to notice the severity of the injury so soon and would have been in a spot of bother if he didn't get it checked out right away. He said people have lost a leg with a similar injury and that he'll have to wait and see how long he'll be ruled out of action for St Kilda.

"Because the wound's quite significant, in terms of the length of it, I've really got to wait for that to heal," Geary said.

"I can start getting moving, so hopefully today I can jump on the bike and get the legs spinning because I've got stitches and staples in there … but it's all going to be about how the wound heals and then from there, we'll know when I get moving, what kind of condition my muscle is in. 

"They don't cut the muscle or do any damage to the muscle, so hopefully that's fine. If that responds really well, it'll probably be a short timeframe, but if it doesn't then it might be quite longer."

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