Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa’s hip surgery successful, expected to make full recovery

Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa’s hip surgery successful, expected to make full recovery

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: “Tua underwent successful surgery on his right hip Monday morning in Houston. The procedure went as planned, and he is resting comfortably. Tua’s prognosis is excellent, and we expect him to make a full recovery. He will return to Tuscaloosa in the next several days to begin his rehab,” said Alabama Team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain on Monday.


On Sunday, Cain said, “For the past 24 hours our medical team has consulted with multiple orthopedic experts across the country, who specialize in hip injuries and surgeries. Based on that research, Tua is being flown to Houston tonight to be evaluated and is scheduled to have hip surgery Monday. As previously stated, we anticipate a full recovery. The main focus has been, and will remain, on Tua, his family, and making sure we are providing them the best medical care possible.”


Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss the remainder of this season after suffering a dislocated right hip on Saturday during the 38-7 win over Mississippi State.

Tagovailoa injured his hip while being dragged down after a scramble late in the first half. He needed help getting to his feet and was carted off the field late in the second quarter. He was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital for treatment at Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Clinic in Birmingham.

“Tua Tagovailoa sustained a right hip dislocation that was immediately reduced at the stadium. He is undergoing further testing to determine the best course of treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery but will miss the remainder of the season,” Cain said.

Tagovailoa addressed fans in a tweet Saturday evening.

The Tide dealt with a number of player injuries to get the win against Mississippi State on Saturday in Starkville.

Other Bama players’ injuries included Raekwon Davis with a sprained ankle, D.J. Dale with a knee injury, and Henry Ruggs with bruised ribs as well as a few other injuries.

Meanwhile, an orthopedic surgeon at UAB says it will still be some time before Tua is even able to practice.

“It’s going to be a good six months before you really start to test this hip. You want everything to heal, and kind of get the scar tissue formed. And then kind of get modulated through therapy and such before you really start testing his hip,” said Dr. Jon Quade.

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