The impact of Tiger Woods' injuries

Chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton gives her analysis of the extent of the wounds the athlete sustained in the car crash and what his recovery might look like.
2:19 | 02/24/21

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Robin. We bring in Dr. Jen Ashton with more on tiger's devastating injuries, so, Jen, what more can you tell us about his injuries and the surgical procedure. First of all this, is what falls under the umbrella of a major trauma so in general, a patient in an accident like this would be going immediately to the operating room with multiple teams of surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, likely vascular surgeon, trauma surgeons to have this hardware put in the leg called an open reduction internal fixation so a rod goes into one of the long bones, in this case it sounds like the tibia then screws and pins in the smaller bones to stabilize we also heard in Matt's piece an additional operation to relieve pressure, that is something called compartment syndrome where there can be very dangerous and significant swelling in between the muscle and fascial planes in the limb so it's a major surgery, a major trauma, a major injury. We're well aware of the back issues that tiger has had, so what kind of impact could this accident have on the rest of his body? Well, one of the things we're taught in orthopedics, look at the joint either above or below where an injury is, so when you talk about the back, you always have to consider the hip and the lower leg. Now there's a lower leg injury, which then just in isolation has the potential to affect the hip and back. So this is something where the teams of orthopedic surgeons, possibly with additional surgeries and physical therapists and pain management specialists will be having their hands full for sure. Jen, for anyone going through a major accident like this, what is the recovery process like? Know, robin, after a trauma and, again, that's what this is, trauma surgery, an acute trauma we measure the recovery in baby step, so we're talking about the next hours, day, weeks and months and there is the potential for this type of injury to have lifelong manifest stations but every patient is different and their pre-existing or preaccident condition is very important as to how they'll do in the future. It certainly is and, of course, thinking of tiger and will have more on his condition a little later.

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