Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner underwent sports hernia surgery to repair his pelvic floor on Wednesday morning, the team announced.
Based on the nature of the procedure, the Capitals said in a release they are “confident that Karl will be completely healthy prior to the start of the 2016-17 regular season.”
Alzner has played in 458 consecutive games, the longest streak in franchise history.
Alzner said he played through pain during the playoffs and was given a shot of cortisone during the Caps’ second-round playoff series against the Penguins. He pulled himself out of Game 6 after hearing a pop in his groin area during a shift in the second period.
According to a report by the National Library of Medicine, there are two types of surgeries to repair sports hernias. A minimal repair technique and a modified Bassini repair.
The minimal repair technique has a median return to athletic activity of 5.6 weeks, while the Bassini method has a median return of 25.8 weeks.
Assuming Alzner underwent a minimal repair, he should be able to resume skating before the start of training camp in September.
After the season Alzner revealed he had played through a fractured thumb, a strained oblique and a pulled hip flexor during the season.
Alzner, 27, has one year remaining on a four-year, $11.2 million contract that carries a $2.8 million cap hit next season.
He and his wife, Mandy, welcomed their second child, a boy named Anson Reid, into the world earlier this month.
Alzner is coming off his best season in the NHL, matching his career high with 21 points while logging a career-high 21:22 in ice time on a top pairing with Matt Niskanen. Alzner increased his hit totals from120 in 2014-15 to135 this season he assisted on a career-high 17 goals.