The sport Kevin Barry loves so passionately has taken a toll on his body. At only 22 years old, the linebacker has already had four surgeries from his time on the gridiron. Yet you wouldn’t know it from his performance – he’s still an all-conference linebacker at the top of his game.
Kevin was only 17 when he had his first major football injury. While on the field, he planted his right foot and twisted his knee in such a way that he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). No amount of physical therapy would repair it – he needed surgery.
He went to see Dr. Raphael S.F. Longobardi, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and athletic injuries who is currently the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Holy Name Medical Center. His areas of expertise include orthopedic sports medicine and athletic injuries to the knees, shoulders and elbows.
“Dr. Longobardi prepared me for the surgery by telling me what to expect,” Kevin said. “He made sure I understood what he was going to do and how I would feel and everything he said was exactly right.”
Kevin had a fantastic recovery following his ACL surgery and was able to return to playing football in his senior year of high school. He then received a scholarship to play football in college the following year.
In his freshman year of college, Kevin sustained a left shoulder dislocation. This required surgery, which was performed by the college team physician/orthopedic surgeon. The following year, in 2015, in his second game of the season, Kevin dislocated his repaired left shoulder. He was told by the team physician he would require another shoulder procedure. This time, Kevin went back to see Dr. Longobardi. Since he had such great results following his ACL reconstruction, he wanted to get another opinion.
In October 2015, he saw Dr. Longobardi. After reviewing his X-rays and MRI, Dr. Longobardi told Kevin he had a complicated re-dislocation of the shoulder, with bone loss from the shoulder socket, called the glenoid. Later that month, Kevin underwent the complex left shoulder reconstruction, which required not only tightening of the shoulder ligaments, but also taking bone from his pelvis to restore the injured bone.
Kevin followed Dr. Longobardi’s specific post-operative shoulder reconstruction protocol. He regained all of his shoulder mobility and all of his shoulder strength. He was able to return to football camp in the summer of 2016, and again had no problems with making tackles using his left shoulder. He also returned to playing linebacker in college, and was an all-defensive player for the first month of the season.
Then in October 2016, while playing in another game, an opposing player tried to jump over Kevin but instead landed on his right shoulder, forcing it out of place. Kevin dislocated his right shoulder and tore his labrum – the cartilage rim that attaches to the edge of the shoulder socket to keep the joint in place – and once again needed surgery. He went straight to Dr. Longobardi, who performed the shoulder reconstruction procedures. Both of Kevin’s shoulder procedures were ambulatory surgeries performed at Holy Name Medical Center.
Kevin again followed Dr. Longobardi’s post-operative shoulder rehabilitation protocol and made another phenomenal recovery. Similar to his left shoulder, Kevin had restoration of his right shoulder to full mobility and strength. Kevin was cleared to return to football camp in the summer of 2017. He played the entire 2017 collegiate season without any further problems with either of his reconstructed shoulders or his reconstructed knee.
“I’m playing now and hope to keep playing as long as I can,” Kevin said. “I really appreciate all Dr. Longobardi has done for me.”