Hope Solo says she had shoulder replacement surgery on Tuesday. It is the same shoulder on which she had surgery prior to the 2011 World Cup.
Solo says she’s been dealing win an injury “for some time” and U.S. Soccer terminating her contract and suspending her for six months, a decision handed down in late August, “opened the door to take care of a long overdue surgery,” she wrote on her social media accounts.
Yesterday, I underwent shoulder replacement surgery to address an injury I’ve been dealing with for some time. An opportunity presented itself after my contract was terminated and while difficult, it opened the door to take care of a long overdue surgery. Thanks to a brilliant team of doctors at the University of Washington Medical Center led by Dr. Frederick Matsen (my new Captain Sully, my hero!) I’ve got a brand new shoulder (read: bionic) and for the first time in years, I can raise my right arm above my head. I’m filled with excitement knowing how life-changing this is and I look forward to coming back healthier and stronger than ever. (At left, four minutes after waking up with Dr. Matsen; at right, four hours after waking. For more on the procedure, which was developed by Dr. Matsen at the Univ. of Washington, check the link in my bio.)
Solo had surgery on her right shoulder on Sept. 22, 2010, after playing with a 360-degree tear of the the labrum, along with other complications surrounding the shoulder injury.
This week’s surgery comes prior to Solo’s medical insurance ending in November. Solo shows in this video (21:00 mark), shot two days prior to the surgery, that her range of motion on her left arm is far better than her range of motion in her right arm.
Solo said in a recent interview that she’s had several offers to play overseas, specifically mentioning Sweden, China, Japan and Germany.
“I might go overseas and play; I’m not sure,” she said.
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