SEC News: Razorbacks’ Hatcher Recovers from Bone Graft Foot Surgery
Posted by Jenn F. on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
We’ve been following the mysterious foot surgery of Arkansas Razorbacks’ Wide Receiver Kon Hatcher with interest – and some of the mystery has finally lifted. You might recall that the senior missed 11 games after breaking a foot in his second game last season. At the time, he was the team’s leading receiver with 198 yards run and two touchdowns. Doctors estimated he’d be out six weeks, but he sat out the whole season and resumed training this spring – only to find himself back in a walking boot following a second foot surgery. What happened?
How Serious Is Hatcher’s Most Recent Foot Surgery?
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema downplayed the recent surgery, saying, “Basically all they did is take the procedure that was done before and reinforce it. What they really wanted was to put some bone graft in around it to make it even stronger on him moving forward. So it wasn’t another fracture. It wasn’t another big procedure. It was really just straightening out one done in the past.” Again, he said the recovery timetable is “four to six weeks,” which would put Hatcher at full-time practice in mid-June. Based on our knowledge of bone graft surgery and recovery time, Bielema’s assessment seems reasonable.
Bone Graft Foot Surgery
The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society explains that bone grafts are done to “provide bony support and/or fill in areas where bone is absent.” The bone reinforcement may come from a cadaver or from a portion of the patient’s tibia.
Our NYC foot surgeons opt to use bone grafts in four scenarios:
- A multiple or complex fracture didn’t heal completely after initial treatment.
- A fusion procedure with reinforcement is needed to strengthen a joint that has been ravaged by arthritis.
- Infection or injury has caused bone loss and additional filler is required for regeneration.
- A plate or screws have been implanted to help the bone heal, and more reinforcement is needed to hold everything in place.
A few weeks may be added onto recovery time if the bone has also been harvested from the patient, as it will take time for the wound to close. Infection is the biggest concern, but this complication is rare. Some residual pain is possible. At our NY podiatry office, we use stem cell treatments to aid bone graft healing.
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