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Report: Gwynn's surgery a success

Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:57 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Hall of Famer and baseball legend Tony Gwynn underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his right cheek Tuesday night, and it was successful, reports ESPN.com.

The source ESPN.com used for the story is Gwynn's wife, Alicia, who told the outlet that the surgery didn't end until 1 a.m. PT, meaning the Hall of Famer was under the knife for 14 hours. But the good news is that just 7 1/2 hours later, Gwynn was reportedly in great spirits and drinking water.

"All is well -- it doesn't seem like last time,'' Alicia Gwynn said (ESPN.com). "It turned out great. He looks good, he looks normal. His eyelids are a little swollen, but they got all the cancer. They say they got it all. His face looks good. They did an amazing job.''

Also, it sounds like the doctors got all of the cancer:

"He's a little drowsy now, and we'll be talking to the doctors again, but, yes, the biopsies were clear," she said (ESPN.com). "The doctors and staff were amazing. They had nurses contacting me every hour while he was in surgery. And now Tony's talking already.''

Gwynn, 51, is the current head baseball coach at San Diego State. He used smokeless tobacco inside his right cheek for a period of at least 30 years and has admitted he was addicted. He hasn't used since his 2010 surgery.

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Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:00 am
 

Report: Gwynn's surgery a success

Tony Gwynn has always been my favorite professional athlete.  I feel very fortunate to have grown up here and follow his career from beginning to end.  He's a true role model and it has nothing to do with his ability to hit a baseball.  Get well soon Mr. Padre!



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:47 pm
 

Report: Gwynn's surgery a success

I hope you fully recover from this surgery and is back on the diamond with your team. I  wish you and your wife Alicia as well as the rest of your family luck and hope this is the last surgery you would have to undergo.

From one Jackrabbit to another Jackrabbit good luck on  your recovery.  

“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:11 pm
 

Report: Gwynn's surgery a success

The most liked figure in the history of baseball?    More than Lou Gehrig?   Gwynn was a great hitter, but the most liked player in history is a little over the top IMO.  



Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:10 am
 

Report: Gwynn's surgery a success

He should do some anti-tobacco commercials.



Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:30 am
 

Report: Gwynn's surgery a success

@SportLawAnalyst...It's hard to believe you have anything to do with law when you obviously can't or don't care to read.  They never claimed "they got it all" the first time.  They purposely left part of the tumor which was wrapped around the Parotid nerve hoping that subsequent chemo or radiation would kill the rest of it.  It didn't and it came back.  This surgery was so long because not only did they remove the tumor but they also removed the nerve and replaced it with one from another part of his body.  Also, taking biopsies of surrounding tissue during any kind of cancer surgery is as common as the sun coming up everyday.  So before you decide to spout your negativity like you're some sort of doctor, get your facts in order.


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Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 6:26 am
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Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:35 am
 

Report: Gwynn's surgery a success

Tony Gwynn is a first class act.  Probably the most liked figure in the history of baseball....comporable to Stengal, Berra, the best personalities.  God bless him and his family.  For all the young people (and the older ones) reading....please stop the tobacco products. 




Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:17 pm
 

Report: Gwynn's surgery a success

Hopefully Tony Gwynn will survive the malignancy that returned to his cheek after his last surgery where they physicians claimed they removed the entirety of his malignat tumor.  GTony was the best at hitting in his time but at the same time it shows the dangers of smokeless tobacco which is endemic in high school, college and pofessional baseball.

But let's be honest about tony Gwynn's cancer.  We are talking about 14 hours of surgery in the mouth which would also indicate malignancy beyond just the cheek but most likely the salvitory glands and possibly many other areas based on tyhe longevity of the surgery.  That would explain why biopsies were taken proximate to the surgical area which has not been discussed in it's entirety.  Unfortunately as Paul harbvey would like to say
and that's the rest of the story.'  Undoubtedly based on the length of the surgery we are not being told everything which is a patient's right but at the same time it is disingenuous to tell the puble 14 hours of surgery was only for a malignancy in the area of the cheek.  let's come clean with the rest of the story regarding the affected areas and at the same time wish Tony Gwynn his wife, children and his collegiate team the best and many years in the future.  



Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:39 pm
 

Report: Gwynn's surgery a success

Best of luck to Tony.  A real frist class guy.

This is why chewing tobacco is so dangerous.  I remember Brett Butler who had a mouth full of tumors from chewing tobacco.


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