Bolts: Stamkos’ surgery successful

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – The Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos underwent a successful vascular surgery to treat the Effort Thrombosis near his right collarbone, the team officials announced Monday.

The Effort Thrombosis is a type of Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. The two-hour surgery to treat it was performed by Dr. Karl Illig at the Tampa General Hospital Monday afternoon.

The Bolt’s general manager Steve Yzerman said that the procedure was successful and Stamkos is expected to fully recover.

Steven should be able to return to the ice in 1-3 months.

“Everything went as expected for Steven today,” said Dr. Illig. “We plan to re-evaluate him in about two weeks and we should know more about his prognosis at that time.”

Dr. Illig is the Director of Vascular Surgery at USF. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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