Sotomayor discharged from hospital after shoulder surgery

Sotomayor discharged from hospital after shoulder surgery

By Gary Gately   
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (Photo courtesy of U.S. Supreme Court)

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is recuperating at her Washington home after shoulder surgery at a hospital, the court said Wednesday.

Sotomayor, who broke her left shoulder in a fall at her home about two weeks ago, underwent revere shoulder-replacement surgery Tuesday morning, a court spokeswoman said.

In a news release Monday, the Supreme Court said the 63-year-old liberal justice would “curtail activities” as she recovers over the next few weeks and will undergo physical therapy for several months.

She is expected to regain full mobility and shoulder function, the court said.

The reverse-shoulder replacement surgery involves attaching an artificial ball to the shoulder blade and an artificial socket to the top of the arm bone. A surgeon makes an incision in the front of the arm and shoulder to separate muscles and cuts through tissue to expose the joint. The upper arm bone is removed from the socket, and a new socket is fitted against the new ball.

The Supreme Court is not expected to issue its next decisions before May  12, a spokeswoman said. But the justices have a busy schedule ahead, with 39 unresolved cases pending and the court’s term ending in late June.


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