source | MMAMania.com
Dr. Steven Sanders, the man who performed the surgery that included inserting a titanium rod into Silva’s Tibia, was a guest on SiriusXM Tapout Radio recently, and he explained to hosts Ricky Bones and Punkass the level of pain in question.
“I can share with you from my experience of being an orthopedic surgeon and frequently taking care of fractures, that a broken leg at that level is extremely painful. We have a lot of nerve endings that run along the bone in that area. The tibia — our leg bone — is sort of exposed, if you will, just under the skin in the front of our leg. So, it’s a very sensitive area, as anyone knows if they have bumped their shin against something. Fracturing it is going to be a quantum leap in terms of increase in pain. It’s a very painful injury and then, of course, there is the shock effect as well.”
“From a pure physical perspective of the bone, optimistically, yes we would like to see his bones heal over a three to nine month period of time. Then, you of course have the soft tissues around the bone, and that is obviously going to remain a sensitive area. So I guess there are gradations of what his activity will be and he will be dictating a lot of that to us as the next following months unfold. I would not have anyone with that injury — regardless of the patient — no one would be involved in a striking type, or high contact sport to that area, easily could be anywhere from six to 12 months.”