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Jeff Green Opens Up About His Heart Surgery & Recovery

In a terrific interview from our friends at CelticsBlog, Josh Zavadil goes one-on-one with the C’s small forward about his offseason, role for next season, and perhaps of most interest, the process he went through during and after his heart surgery. Here is an excerpt on that from the fantastic piece:

“I didn’t think anything was going to happen. I thought it was going to be over in a matter of ten minutes and then I’d be getting ready for practice,” Green said.

“I thought everything was going to be fine. I never had any symptoms of shortness of breath or fatigue. Boston has some of the best doctors in the heart region. They see things fast and first.”

The hours that followed Jeff’s diagnosis were arguably the toughest. As with any major setback…

“The first couple hours were just full of disappointment and feeling like I had let people down. With the lockout ending and finally being ready to play, I just felt like I let a lot of people down,” said Green as he dwelled on the immediate moments after hearing the news from team doctors.

Basketball was done. Green was out for an entire year, and he had to prepare for a year of rehabilitation and recovery in order to return to the court in 2012. He had surgery in January, and the weeks and months that followed would be harder than receiving the news of his ailment.

“The surgery itself was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever been through in my life. I had to start from, basically, double scratch. Walking was an issue — just being able to have the stamina was a problem. Everything just kind of shuts down. The nervous system breaks down, and it’s kinda like a jump-start. You have to get it going, and it was just difficult.

“You take for granted all of the little things — whether it’s just an easy crunch or ab exercise, or moving to the left or moving to the right. I couldn’t lay on my stomach for the first two-and-a-half months. I couldn’t lay on my side. The first couple of weeks I couldn’t drive. I couldn’t do a lot of things, but it helps you appreciate the little things.”

Very candid stuff from Jeff and terrific work by Josh. Be sure to check out the complete interview by clicking HERE:

  • smalltownID

    At least it is a nice guy we are paying too much. :)

  • I_Love_Green

    Really hope he comes back strong this year. I have hope for Greenie.