The orthopedist Dr. Scott Boden has broken down the extent of Tiger Woods’ injuries and his recovery in CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” after the golfer’s devastating crash on Tuesday morning.
“We know it’s an open fracture, which means that the bone has at least temporarily entered the skin and broken in multiple places. This was a very high-energy fracture that makes it a little more difficult.” to heal, “said the professor of orthopedic surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods was fortunate to be alive after crashing his sport utility vehicle on a steep, winding road in Palos Verdes, south of Los Angeles.
Tiger Woods is “awake, responsive, and recovering” from lengthy surgery to repair what a doctor calls a “major injury” to his right leg. This emerges from a statement posted on his official Twitter account on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. (CET). It is the 10th operation for the 45 year old golfer.
Dr. Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said Woods suffered “comminuted open fractures” in the upper and lower portions of his right leg. To stabilize Wood’s leg, doctors had to insert a rod, screws, and pins into his foot and ankle.
Boden told host Shepard Smith that the additional information about the golfer’s ankle and foot injuries says a lot about recovery time.
“If these injuries affect the smooth articular surface of the bones on which they move in the ankle or foot, it could be a problem in long-term recovery and arthritis and restore full range of motion,” Boden said in a Wednesday evening interview.
Boden also noted that “there is a risk of infection” but that we do not know the size of the skin opening so “we cannot be sure about it”. He added that while the rebound will be tenacious, “it is never advisable to count tigers when it comes to making a comeback.”