St. Lawrence University head coach Joe Marsh was released Tuesday afternoon from a six-day stint at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following complications from a procedure to dilate his esophagus.
Marsh has a condition where is esophagus becomes constricted, making it difficult to eat, speak and swallow. He underwent a scheduled procedure Thursday to expand the esophagus.
Complications arose when his esophagus perforated, allowing air to escape into the chest cavity.
"It can be very, very serious if the tear is big enough and you have to surgically operate," Marsh said. "Mine was a perforation. It sealed itself up, but not before there was air to escape, which causes incredible pain."
Doctors required Marsh, who was temporarily mute and couldn't eat or drink, to remain in the hospital through the weekend games with Brown and Yale while his esophagus healed. Additional surgery was not needed.
Had the original procedure been successful, Marsh would have been released and allowed to coach the following day.
"I'm not in any pain now," Marsh said following his release. "The plan is to return (to St. Lawrence on Wednesday)."
Marsh does not anticipate missing any more games this season. The 26-year coach at St. Lawrence has missed four games and several practices this year due to medical appointments or family functions.
"I feel bad about that," Marsh said. "It raises a lot of questions where we have had a tough year and not getting W's and I haven't been around. But (associate head coach) Bob Prier and (Mike) Hurlbut have done a phenomenal job.
"I'm not planning on missing any more games. I'd like to be here the rest of the way; I'd like to do my job and not have any more to deal with this. I have to do what the doctors tell me. I'm not much good to anybody if I'm not healthy."
Marsh added that he hopes to be behind the bench for this weekend's games against Princeton and Quinnipiac.