Cyclist Gets Moving Again After Surgery

Bobby Green may have preferred a visit from Santa this past Christmas instead of a visit to the ER, but he did get a great gift nonetheless — a surgically repaired clavicle from Resurgens Orthopaedics surgeon Dr. Evander Fogle and a return to his bike. 

After recovering from a broken elbow sustained in November 2012, Green, an avid road cyclist, was itching to get back on his bike and get out on the Silver Comet Trail. Mission accomplished, and then mission derailed.

On his first day back in the saddle, he had a major accident and broke his clavicle. It was the Saturday before Christmas, and the Resurgens offices were closed, but they were able to get an emergency orthopaedist to see him (Green has been coming to Resurgens since he needed a knee reconstruction at 19, and has had a variety of procedures with the practice over the years). 

The physician confirmed he had sustained a broken clavicle and recommended surgery. Soon after, he met with Dr. Fogle and immediately scheduled surgery. He had an Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF), a procedure used in cases involving serious fractures. 

Following surgery and three months of physical therapy, Green is back to full strength, racking up 100-150 miles per week on the Silver Comet Trail, which he used as preparation for the notorious Six Gap Century race in the North Georgia Mountains. The race starts in Dahlonega and takes riders up and down six of the steepest climbs in the mountains. It features more than 11,200 feet of vertical climbing over the 104-mile course.  

“I’m back to doing everything I hoped to do,” proclaimed Green. 

Dr. Fogle’s communication skills and attention to detail were exemplary.

Green sang the praises of Dr. Fogle and the entire Resurgens team. He said Dr. Fogle told him everything to expect, down to the different feelings he would likely experience in different parts of his arm post-surgery. 

“Everything he said, every detail, came to pass,” Green said. 

Even Green’s wife, who is a pediatric physical therapist and regularly works with orthopaedists, noted that Dr. Fogle’s communication skills and attention to detail were exemplary. 

They both noted that the Resurgens team is a “well-oiled machine.” Just like his bicycle will be, now that he’s been Resurgenized and is living life the way he wants to.

Read his story in The Southern Bicycle League Magazine located on pages 18 and 19.

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