On Tuesday, Joel Embiid finally went for his second foot surgery. After much speculation about why the wait was so long or what was happening with Embiid, we finally got our answers and more. Here’s everything you need to know about the surgery.
The main thing to note here is that it was successful. Embiid took to instagram after the surgery to reassure fans that the procedure reportedly went according to plan and he is now in the best position (better than expected) to make a full recovery.
The procedure followed a traditional bone graft surgery and involved five surgeons. The 76er’s never ducked away from questions about their plans for Embiid. The answer was always simple, theyw anted to bring in the best team possible to ensure that the Sixers Center has the finest care possible to ensure a full heal. According to an article on CBS Sports, these were the people involved.
“Dr. Martin O’Malley – Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery
Dr. Richard Ferkel – Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute
Dr. Dufetti Fufa – Orthopedic and Vascular Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery
Dr. Jonathan Glashow – Sixers Chief Medical Officer and Co-Chief of Sports Medicine Orthopedics at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Christopher Dodson – Sixers Head Physician and Orthopedic Surgeon of the Rothman Institute at Jefferson”
The team replaced two screws in his foot and grafted a small section of bone from his hip to replace onto his foot.
He will now work with the sports performance staff to ease his return back to basketball with full hopes of being ready for the 2016/17 season.
The Sixers have been very public with the whole situation, keeping fans in the loop. Whilst it’s uncertain just how quickly he will return to the court, it’s expected that the process will be a slow one to ease him back into the swing of things. The approximate range is that he will be ready for next season, but his future remains cloudy and heavily reliant on how others perform this year. We all hope to see him back soon, his skillset is almost the perfect combination of Okafor and Noel and if he can bounce back from this and stay healthy..he could still yet be a franchise player.