Supreme Court Justice Recovering from Bicycle Accident

As reported by, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has had another bicycle accident. This accident is his third major bicycle accident since his first in 1993. In 1993, Justice Breyer suffered injuries including multiple broken ribs and a punctured, collapsed lung when he was struck by a motor vehicle while riding his bicycle in Harvard Square, according to reports.

In May 2011, Justice Breyer suffered a fractured right clavicle (collarbone) while riding his bike in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near his home. According to NPR‘s Nina Totenberg, in this, his most recent bicycle accident, Justice Breyer was riding his bicycle on the National Mall in Washington D.C. when he went down. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

The 74-year-old Supreme Court Justice required surgery to repair a fractured right shoulder. Kathleen Arberg, spokesperson for the U.S. Supreme Court, said Justice Breyer underwent reverse shoulder replacement surgery after suffering a proximal humerus fracture. The surgery was performed at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Conventional shoulder replacement surgery involves use of a device that is meant to simulate the shoulder’s normal anatomy. Reverse shoulder replacement surgery involves use of a prosthetic device and a different set of muscles to move the arm. Reverse shoulder replacement is a better choice for men and women who are Justice Breyer’s age, patients who have a tear in the rotator cuff, and, in addition, arthritis of the shoulder joint. After the surgery, a rehabilitation program will be required to help Justice Breyer restore function in his shoulder and re-build strength.

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