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The Daily: Doctor Who Saved Career of Red Wings Yzerman Dies at 84; Sharks’ Karlsson Hasn’t Been Asked to Waive No-Movement Clause

Experimental surgery helped to prolong Steve Yzerman’s NHL career



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Dr. Peter Fowler performed an experimental osteotomy on Steve Yzerman's right knee in 2002.

Known world wide for his sports medicine clinic, Dr. Peter Fowler, who died Wednesday at the age of 84, was known in Hockeytown as the surgeon credited with salvaging the career of then-Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman.

Following the 2001-02 season, during which Yzerman labored in terrible pain due to his battered right knee, he underwent an osteotomy performed by London, Ont.-based Dr. Fowler. An osteotomy is a cutting of the bone in the knee to realign the leg and relieve the pain of osteoarthritis.

Yzerman was the first elite athlete to undergo the procedure. At the time, Dr. Fowler noted that the surgery was designed to provide mobility for senior citizens. He had no idea whether it would be able to extend Yzerman’s playing days.

“The osteotomy helped me a lot, but it didn’t cure the problem with my knee,” Yzerman told the Toronto Star.

Yzerman was able to play another three NHL seasons following the surgical procedure.

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