Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Scott Boden broke down the extent of Tiger Woods’ injuries and what his recovery might look like on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith,” following the golfer’s devastating accident Tuesday morning.
“We know that because it was an open fracture, meaning the bone penetrated the skin, at least temporarily, and broke in several places, it was a very high energy fracture, and that makes it a bit harder. heal, “said the Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods is lucky to be alive after he crashed his sport utility vehicle on a steep and winding road in Palos Verdes, south of Los Angeles.
Tiger Woods is “awake, responsive and recovering” from a lengthy surgery to repair what one doctor called “major injuries” to his right leg, according to a statement posted via his official Twitter account at 12:30 am ET on Wednesday. It marks the 10th surgery for the 45-year-old golfer.
Dr. Anish Mahajan, medical director of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said Woods suffered “comminuted open fractures” in the upper and lower sections of his right leg. To stabilize Woods’ leg, doctors needed to insert a bar, screws and pins into his foot and ankle.
Boden told host Shepard Smith that the more information that gets out about the golfer’s ankle and foot injuries, the more it will reveal about recovery time.
“If those injuries involved the smooth articular surface of the bones where they move in the ankle or in the foot, then that could be a problem with long-term recovery and arthritis and regaining full range of motion,” Boden explained in a Wednesday. night interview.
Boden also noted that “there is a possibility of infection” but that we do not know the size of the opening in the skin, so “we cannot be sure of that. He added that while the recovery will require persistence, “it is never wise to write off Tiger when it comes to a comeback.”