Surgeon says Tiger Woods’ injuries are “more difficult to heal”

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Scott Boden detailed the scope of Tiger Woods’ injuries and how his recovery could look like on CNBC “The news with Shepherd Smith” After the golfer’s devastating collapse Tuesday morning.

“We know that because it was an open fracture, which means the bone penetrated the skin, at least temporarily, and it was broken in multiple places, this was a very high-energy fracture, which makes it a little more difficult,” said professor of orthopedics at Emory University School of Medicine.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods is lucky to be alive after hitting his sports utility vehicle on a steep and winding road in Palos Verdes, south of Los Angeles.

Tiger Woods is “awake, responsive, and recovering” from a long operation to repair what a doctor called “major injuries” in his right leg, according to statement Through his official Twitter account at 12:30 AM ET Wednesday. It’s the tenth surgery for the 45-year-old golfer.

Dr. Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer at Harbor-University of California Medical Center, said Woods had suffered “open comminuted fractures” in the upper and lower parts of his right leg. In order to stabilize Woods’ leg, doctors needed to insert a rod, screws, and staples into his foot and ankle.

Boden told host Shepard Smith that more information emerging about golfer’s ankle and foot injuries would reveal a lot about their recovery time.

“If these injuries are related to the smooth articular surface of the bones where they move in the ankle or foot, this could be a problem in long-term arthritis and recovery and restoring the full range of motion,” Boden said on Wednesday. Evening interview.

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Boden also noted that there is a “chance of infection” but we don’t know the size of the skin opening so “we can’t be sure.” He added that while the recovery will require persistence, “it is never wise to count Tiger out when it comes to coming back.”

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