Anderson Silva Could Be Training in Six to Nine Months
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.30.2013
And he seems to want to come back...
A doctor says that Anderson Silva could begin training to fight again in six to nine months. UFC orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Sanders, who performed the surgery on Silva's broken leg following the main event of UFC 168, spoke with MMAjunkie about Silva's recovery and when he can come back. Check out the highlights:
On Silva's reaction to the injury: "In the pre-op area, his question was, ‘When can I train?' And he asks every time I see him on my rounds – ‘When can I train?' – and I always indicate to him he should be able to train. It's important to be positive with your patient."
On Silva's prognosis: "We're not even 48 hours from the surgery, and tibia fractures, though we can get them to heal, can have a slower healing. My prognosis for healing is three to six months. But there are also soft tissue components that have to heal. If I had to make a guess less than 48 hours from the operation, it would be the fracture healing in three to six months, and attempting to train, six to nine months."
On whether the bones in his leg were weakened prior to the kick: "As an orthopedic surgeon, when any injury occurs, we like to know that it's from the trauma and not from some unsuspected underlying condition. From the x-rays, I looked at the character of the bone to see if there was any predisposition to why it would break. Obviously, he's been training and competing most of his life. There was no apparent predisposing pathology in that bone that would have led to this particular event occurring at that time."
On the severity of the break: "In terms of the severity of the injury, it was fairly severe. But I can give examples of worse-case scenarios of what could have happened. The skin could've broken, which would have dramatically increased the chance of infection. He could have torn a blood vessel, which would hurt blood flow to the foot."