Reveiz undergoes successful surgery to remove growth on heart

Tennessee walk-on linebacker Shane Reveiz underwent a successful cardiac surgical procedure to remove a two-centimeter growth on his heart Wednesday in Atlanta.

Reveiz, a former Farragut High School standout, is expected to be able to continue his football career and could begin physical activity on a limited basis in three to four weeks, UT coach Phillip Fulmer said.

“He is expected to make a full recovery and return to football when released by his physicians,” head athletic trainer Jason McVeigh said in a UT release.

Doctors were able to use a less-invasive procedure to remove the growth, a major factor in the relatively short recovery time.

Reveiz will remain in Atlanta through the weekend and is expected to return to classes next week.

Reveiz’s brother, Nick, is also a UT linebacker and his father, Fuad is a former UT and NFL kicker.

“(Shane’s parents) Fuad and Gail wanted me to express their thanks to the team of doctors that worked with Shane,” Fulmer said.

Doctors initially found the growth through an echocardiogram provided to all UT athletes and donated by Mickie King and his Atlanta-based company, Digirad Ultrascan Solutions.

Fulmer said the test, which also revealed a heart defect in men’s basketball player Duke Crews, “probably saved Shane’s life.”

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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Comments » 15

dfreeman writes:

Great news Shane!! We'll continue to pray for you and your recovery!!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Good news. Get well soon.

vol52 writes:

Best news I have heard today. Get well!

invisiblekid writes:

Great to hear, the Reveiz family is and always will be part of the Big orange family.

Ironcity writes:

Its great to know that my UT is at the front of the pack when it comes to taking care of its athletes. ITs always better to be safe then sorry. Get well Shane.

utmdm writes:

Thank God. Wishing you a quick recovery Shane.

dkerr#270212 writes:

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

BigOrangeVol writes:

I heard somewhere that the echocardiogram cost about 1K a pop to use; with 200+ athletes on campus I'd say that detecting the problems with Shane and Duke made it totally worth while.

Our prayers are with both young men and their families for full and speedy recoveries.

A huge thank you to Mickie King and all the folks at Digirad Ultrascan Solutions!!!

TommyJack writes:

God bless Mickie King

cdldoc#211897 writes:

Mickie King is pretty cool and Shane is really tough.

johnlg00 writes:

What great generosity on the part of Mickie King! How lucky UT is to have the continued support and involvement of the Reveiz family! I surely hope there is a way to provide all future Vol athletes with this testing.

andefromtn#212139 writes:

My prayers are with Shane, Duke and both families. Every college athlete in the NCAA should have this test as part of their regular physical exam to compete in their respective sport. Mickie thank you so much for saving the lives of these young men.

KENVOL writes:

May you have a quick and full recovery. May God keep you in good health.

mtnvol writes:

One man's generosity has saved two families' children at UT! To the Crews and Reveiz families this gift to the University has been priceless.

LouneyTom writes:

God Speed Shane and a BIG Thanks to Mickey King

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