Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer is recovering at a Washington hospital after undergoing shoulder surgery following a bicycle fall, the court announced Saturday.
Breyer, 74, hurt his right shoulder when he fell off his bicycle Friday afternoon near the Korean War Veterans Memorial in the nation's capital, according to a press release from the Supreme Court. He was taken by ambulance to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
He was diagnosed with a proximal humerus fracture -- the humerus being the upper bone of one's arm -- and as a result underwent what the Supreme Court said was reverse shoulder replacement surgery Saturday morning.
Unlike in a healthy shoulder, where the humerus ends in a ball shape and fits into the shoulder blade to form a shoulder, in reverse shoulder replacement surgery the anatomy is reversed. In other words, a new metal "ball" is attached to the shoulder blade, or scapula, and a plastic cup is put at the upper end of the humerus bone.
Patients typically leave the hospital after this procedure -- first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2003 -- in two or three days, according to the American Academy of Ortophaedic Surgeons. The Supreme Court said that Breyer is expected to head home early next week.
The justice, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the high court in 1994, is known as one of the most active and engaging members of the court. His wife is Dr. Joanna Breyer, a renowned pediatric psychologist.
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Click on the region names in the map below to see news from that region.
Things To Do
We’ve turned a corner! The weather is warming up so it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy some fantastic weather.
RIGHT NOW: Top Stories
The next storm system is moving through Arizona bringing chances for rain and mountain snow to our state overnight Thursday. Find out if those chances will be sticking around on Friday.
The family of an officer killed earlier this year in a crash caused by a distracted driver says they plan to sue both the big rig driver and trucking company.
Authorities say golfer Tiger Woods' stepbrother was arrested in Phoenix Thursday after calling in a fake bomb threat to the building where he works.
Candy Crush and Farmville among games part of class action settlement.
The last time we saw Doan on the ice was Dec. 4 against the Flames. Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders marks the third game he’s missed.
The spectacular annual Geminid meteor shower kicks into high gear Thursday night, NASA said, and people around the world will be able to enjoy it.