— John Cena (@JohnCena) October 8, 2013
How the fuck is this possible?
Cena went down two months ago with a torn triceps. He had surgery on it, and the timeline was that he would be back around the Royal Rumble. Recovery time would have been about 6 months which is perfectly normal for this type of surgery, but now we are to believe that in only 8 weeks he is back to 100%? From a medical perspective I have no real clue as to how this is even possible. I have some theories, but I will go into them later.
Normal Triceps Tear Surgery
The triceps can tear in three locations. First, it can tear at the area of the bone known as the proximal humerus (top of long bone in arm). Second, it can tear from the distal humerus (bottom of the bone). Third it can tear in the middle of the muscle.
Based on how the elbow of John Cena looked, it would appear that the triceps tore from the proximal humerus. I say this because if it tore there, then the muscle would have made its way down the arm, and settled at the elbow. This would cause a large mass of fluid to invade the elbow. The fluid is normally released by the body when something does not belong where it is, and the triceps did not belong there.
So with the triceps torn off the bone, it would need to be reattached. To do this an incision in the arm is made, the triceps is cut a little bit shorter so that the frayed edges of the muscle that appeared after the rip would be gone. This makes the muscle shorter and gives the surgeon a good piece of muscle to attach back to the bone.
The surgeon uses a special type of suture that attaches muscle to bone. These sutures need anywhere between 6-10 weeks to fully adhere and make the surgeon comfortable that the muscle is anchored down and set.
With the muscle shorter, it would need to be stretched out. This happens in rehab. Depending on many factors this process can take 4-12 weeks.
After the stretching is done, weight lifting can begin. Once the person is able to do everything they were able to do prior to injury, with no pain, they will be cleared to do anything.
So conservatively, the soonest Cena should have been able to come back would have been 10-12 weeks. That is very conservative and everything would have had to go absolutely right, which never happens. At most, Cena should have been gone for at least 24 weeks. Tonight we learn he has come back in 1/3 of that timeframe. And I have to ask how?
How is this possible?
First off, medicine and surgical procedures are changing very rapidly. What worked last year could all ready be outdated this year. The surgeon that worked on Cana was Dr. James Andrews. He is regarded as the best surgeon in the world when it comes to professional athletes. It is not out of the question that he has procedures that he uses that the public is not aware of yet.
What procedures could have been done?
Stem cell research is far more advanced than normal people even know. In fact, I would bet that when people here stem cell they think of the cells that are taken from a fetus or even the umbilical cord. This was true 5 years ago, and that was the only way you could harvest them. Now, you can take a persons own blood, centrifuge it, locate the proteins, and rearrange the genetic code of those proteins and convert them to stem cells. A stem cell is a cell that can be turned into any cell in your body. We know that we are full of cells buy many are specialized. Liver cells work in the liver and heart cells work in the heart. If stem cells were needed to treat a liver with cirrhosis, a stem cell would have to be programed to become a liver cell.
In the case of Cena, stem cells could have been turned into bone cells. The stem cells would have been injected into Cenas bone while he was under anesthesia and these cells would have rapidly rebuilt bone over the sutures. This would have drastically increased the amount of time needed to anchor the triceps to the bone. Also, I would not be surprised if Cena was given Human Growth Hormone during this process. Now before you get your vaginas all yeast infected remember that HGH has a distinct medical purpose and in prescription form, can be given by a Dr. to a patient. I am in no way implying Cena is using a banned substance. I am saying that for Cena to make it back so quickly, HGH had to be part of the equation.
Without seeing the actual surgical report, no one will be able to know for sure what was done down in Alabama, but one thing is for sure, a normal torn triceps repair procedure was not done. There is no way it could have and get Cena to the point where he can compete in such a short time. Some new medical technology and procedure had to be used. Just wait, in 5 years when medical 3-D printing is the norm, surgeries on athletes will never be the same again. Time frames for recovery will never be the same.
One Last Theory
We could easily have been lied to about John Cena’s injury. It may not have been a triceps tear at all. It could just as easily been some bone chips and fluid build up. If that was the case then this time frame of 8 weeks is exactly how long he should have been out. One question remains though. Why would the WWE lie about his injury? Did they do it because they knew how long a triceps tear would take to recover from? Is the portrayal of John Cena as Superman that important that they intentionally lie so that when he comes back that it seems miraculous? Are they that desperate?
I truely hope, that somehow, he is full recovered. I truely hope that the WWE is not rushing him back at less than 100% just for some ratings. If in fact Cena is not fully healed, he risks the chance of not only re-tearing the triceps, but causing other injuries to his arm or other parts of the body if he is favoring his arm. It is not only his body on the line, but the body of his opponent. If he is not fully healed an accident could happen leading to an injury of another wrestler. Because of Cena’s main event status, his opponents will be main event talents so if they go down with an injury it will not be good for the product as a whole.
Will the WWE ever be the same when Cena comes back? Will the spotlight still be on Daniel Bryan? Will the Bella twins be at the sides of their men in the inevitable Bryan/Cena feud? Time will tell.