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Dallas Cowboys punter Mat McBriar underwent successful surgery Tuesday, Feb. 7, to remove an intraneural cyst. McBriar is recovering well and will be dismissed from Mayo Clinic later this afternoon.
“The intraneural cyst was causing Mat’s foot drop. The surgery to remove the cyst was targeted, based on the most current understanding of the condition and its formation,” says Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon Robert Spinner, M.D., who performed the surgery, and is a leading expert on the condition. “Mat’s surgery went extremely well, and I believe he will be as good a punter as ever.”
McBriar says, “I’m thrilled. I couldn’t ask for better news. I’m concentrating on a speedy recovery.”
An intraneural ganglion is a benign cyst filled with mucinous material (thick jelly consistency) contained within a nerve. Recent work done at Mayo has shown that the cyst is connected to a neighboring joint by a small nerve branch. Identifying and treating this joint connection forms the basis of successful surgery. For information on intraneural cyst
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Video of McBriar being evaluated with computer analysis at the motion analysis lab at Mayo Clinic. MOV