Tony Romo Undergoes Mumford Procedure: What Is It?

Doctors Describe Procedure Performed On Cowboys Quarterback

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent a Mumford procedure Tuesday on his collarbone.

The Cowboys released a statement, "Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent successful surgery on his left clavicle today. He is expected to undergo a six-to-eight week period of recovery and treatment before returning to football related activity."

Baylor orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Berry, a former NFL team doctor, said the procedure is common and simple.

The condition occurs when hits on the football field cause the collarbone to grind along the adjacent bone.

To fix it, doctors have to remove part of the collarbone.

"When we talk about the Mumford procedure, what we're talking about is the end of the collarbone or the clavicle, and we will often shave down a centimeter of bone here," said Berry.

The minor procedure can take as little as 30 minutes and Berry said in four to six weeks, most patients are back at full strength.

"I think it's something that we can feel fairly confident that in the hands of a skilled surgeon, the athlete can return to field of play fairly quickly," said Berry.

Doctors say the procedure has a 75 to 90-percent success rate.

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