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Ole Miss QB's re-injury risk lowered with new device

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Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace is now in rehab after undergoing an innovative procedure developed for athletes in contact sports. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace is now in rehab after undergoing an innovative procedure developed for athletes in contact sports.
Dr. William Geissler is Wallace's orthopedic surgeon at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. William Geissler is Wallace's orthopedic surgeon at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace played through the majority of the last season with a separated shoulder. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace played through the majority of the last season with a separated shoulder.
OXFORD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace played through the majority of the last season with a separated shoulder. So, you can imagine the damage doctors found, not to mention the pain Bo felt.

"Sunday mornings were rough. Saturday nights were really rough," Wallace explained. 

Rough, meaning indescribable pain.

Dr. William Geissler is Wallace's orthopedic surgeon at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

"Basically the shoulder is hanging down and that's the gap he had prior to the surgery with these ligaments torn between these two bones," said Dr. Geissler. "Taking hits on that is quite painful."

But Bo was determined to keep playing.

"It hurt during the week but during the game, you had so much adrenaline going," said Wallace. "You're playing in front of 92,000 at LSU and it's not going to hurt too much."

Bo is now in rehab after undergoing an innovative procedure developed for athletes in contact sports. It's called the Lockdown, and it's designed to lower his risk of re-injury, according to Dr. Geissler.

"This is a way to hold his clavicle down but we also reconstructed his ligaments," said Geissler. "So once his ligaments heal, hopefully it's good for the rest of his life."

Dr. Geissler performed the surgery Jan. 8 at UMMC. He points to his X-ray over two months later.

"You can see the screw that's here that is helping hold that device around his collar bone," said Geissler. "It's holding it down while the ligaments reconstructed will heal. We don't see any elevation."

Ole Miss Head Football Athletic Trainer, Coach Pat Jernigan, is overseeing Bo's rehab twice a day, five times a week. He says Bo is showing both commitment and patience.

"He's a competitor," said Coach Jernigan. "If you watch what he did through the season he's a natural competitor. You can tell football's important to him. Someone who loves football is the best patient."

Even if being the best patient has been a struggle at times.

"Just having to keep your mind strong through the whole thing," said Wallace. "There are times when you know, when you first have the surgery, you're just like man will I ever be the same."

"If I can get this shoulder better and be in there with Coach Warner and study film with him while I'm doing this, I think I'll come back just as good as I would have been without the surgery,"Wallace added.

Bo says he hasn't thrown a football since his surgery and probably won't until summer. But he's confident he will be 100 percent this fall.

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