Oct. 5, 2012
SEATTLE - Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird underwent successful surgery to repair the labrum in her left hip, the team announced today.
The surgery took place Friday morning at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. and was performed by Dr. Marc J. Philippon.
Bird remains at the Steadman Clinic and is resting comfortably. She will stay at the Clinic through the weekend and begin rehabilitation immediately.
"We're excited as an organization that Sue came through her surgery successfully," said Storm Head Coach and General Manager Brian Agler. "Dr. Philippon said she must have been very courageous to have played through the injury. He is very optimistic the surgery went well. We look forward to seeing Sue at full health next season."
Previously, Bird had the same surgery performed on her right hip during September 2011. She made a full recovery and returned to the court to play in Russia for UMMC Ekaterinburg by the start of January. A similar timetable between 8-12 weeks is anticipated from this surgery.
"It's really pretty much the same," Bird said, "which is good because I know what to expect, I know how to get through it and the best part is I know it will be successful. I'm very excited to put the hip stuff in the past because I've been dealing with it for a long time and the last month was tough."
The Storm concluded the 2012 season Tuesday with a 73-72 loss to the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Bird averaged 16.3 points and 7.0 assists per game during the three-game series.