Leg Fracture Recovery

Indiana Pacers star Paul George will probably need more than half a year to return to prime basketball-playing form after suffering a badly broken leg, a New York orthopedic trauma surgeon says. Mr. George has an open tibia-fibula fracture, which can occur either from the bone jutting out of someone’s skin or something cutting into a person’s skin to expose the bone. “Any time a bone pops out of the skin, our primary concern is for infection and prevention of infection,” explains Ariel Goldman, MD, orthopedic trauma surgeon at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park. “Our skin has a lot of bacteria on it, which is normal that everybody has. However, once the bone pops out of the skin, the bacteria that is on the skin now gets to the bone.”

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