George faces long road to recovery

Finally, George will be watched closely for compartment syndrome. This occurs when the pressure, caused by swelling, becomes so high in the lower leg that arterial blood can no longer pass into the injured area with the necessary oxygen and nutrients required by the tissues to survive. The treatment for this is another surgery, called a compartment release, to relieve the pressure and re-establish normal blood flow. These compartments are then left open and are closed later in a subsequent procedure when the danger has passed and the pressures have returned to normal.

Once the surgery is completed, surgeons will quickly be able to determine the health of the nerves. Compartment pressures will be monitored frequently to protect George from the sequela of this complication, and it will be weeks before we can be sure that infection is no longer an issue.

When can George expect to get back on the court, and will he be able to return to his All-Star level of performance? A review of the literature shows that the bone should heal within 4-5 months with a return to the court probable in 8-12 months. It is possible for a return as early as six months, but I would expect the Pacers to be as cautious with George's rehab as the Bulls have been with Derrick Rose's recovery. That said, I expect the Pacers to be without George next season as they try to ensure a 100 percent return to form for the 2015-2016 season. Given George's age and level of fitness, if given adequate healing time and barring complication, I fully expect him to be playing at an elite level by midseason upon his return.

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