Following Dean Ambrose’s successful surgery last Tuesday night to repair a high-grade triceps tendon injury, Michael Cole took a moment during Raw to confirm that he will be out of action for approximately nine months.
Ambrose’s successful procedure was performed by Dr. Jeffrey Dugas in Birmingham, Alabama, and took around 40 minutes.
“He tore some of the distal triceps tendon where it attaches to the forearm bone, called the olecranon,” Dr. Dugas told WWE.com. “He basically tore about 50 percent of the triceps tendon away from the bone. So yesterday we repaired that back down to the bone where it tore off of. The surgery was very straightforward; we removed all of the extra bursal tissue — all of that extra swollen stuff around his elbow.”
Dugas added that Ambrose has begun physical therapy, starting with light range-of-motion exercises.
It was reported that Ambrose came injured to Raw in Providence, Rhode Island. WWE incorporated an angle on the show where Ambrose sustained an injury to his right arm during a Six-Man Tag Team Match, and the damage was exacerbated when his opponents, Samoa Joe and Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus, assaulted “The Lunatic Fringe” in the trainer’s room. The attack culminated when Joe slammed a road case onto Ambrose’s arm, leaving him writhing in pain.
Ambrose had been working hurt for a while and the injury finally got to the point that WWE felt it was time he gets it taken care of. According to Dave Meltzer in this week’s issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the injury may date back to the TLC pay-per-view on Oct. 22 in Minneapolis when he took a bump on a table that didn’t break. His right elbow swelled up immediately. He kept working on it and hadn’t missed a show. It must have gotten worse this past week.
Ambrose has been WWE’s iron man in recent years, as of all the top stars, he’d worked more dates and had fewer injuries than anyone else.