An orthopedic surgeon at D.C.'s George Washington University Hospital says Kevin Ware's leg injury could threaten his long-term basketball career. Dr. Rajeev Pandarinath says it may take up to a year to know if Ware fully regains his strength. (April 1)
DURATION: 1:35AP VIDEO - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington DC - April 1, 2013SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Rajeev Pandarinath, Orthopedic surgeon, George Washington University Hospital:"Well this is a model of a tibia or a shin bone, the same bone that Kevin Ware fractured yesterday, and basically they described it as a compound fracture which means that part of this bone, when it broke, actually projected out through the skin. For those of you that saw it on TV, it was pretty grotesque and pretty obvoius that that's what happened. There is no way you can really put a number or a value on how much pain he was having, but I would imagine it's actually a fairly painful thing to have. You have nerve endings on the bone, and in addition to that, there's a lot of injury to his muscles and his skin as well. So, all of that is quite painful. A stress fracture, if you keep playing on it can lead to a real fracture. Of course, we don't know what his symptoms were before he fell, but that's certainly one explanation for why this may have happened. Saying the surgery successful at this time means that when they line up the bones and put it bad together, they were pleased with the alignment of the bones, and they felt like they were able to everything back together. That doesn't mean that, it doesn't speak to his recovery. I think that this is somewhat of a career-threatening injury, and the reason is because even if his bone heals well, the question is will he be able to regain the strength in his muscle to make him be able to jump and have the athletic ability that he had before. And that's the big question mark, and we won't know, I think, for nine to twelve months whether he's able to come back to basketball."