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Local surgeon talks Ware injury

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The play seemed pretty routine. Kevin Ware goes up to try and block and three-point shot, but coming down he snapped his tibia, the bone piercing out of his skin.

"Which complicates it greatly because now you've taken a closed fracture and made it now a compound or open fracture which increases your infection rate," said Dr. Jeff Kalo from Core Orthopedics.

It was a horrific scene. His teammates crying, some close to vomiting.

Dr. Kalo says that sort of injury is typically seen in high velocity motor vehicle accidents. That's why he wonders if Ware had a weak spot in his tibia. 

"Did he have a pre-existing condition, or is it purely bad luck and excessive force on one small body part? Because, he did land in a funny position when all of his body weight when on one leg."

Ware now has a rod in his tibia to stabilize it.

"There are some screws on each end that hold that rod, so it can't twist," said Dr. Kalo.

If infection stays away, Ware should be able to ride a stationary bike quite soon and begin running in six to twelve weeks. 

"If his soft tissues are good and it doesn't get infected he'll be back to play for sure next year," said Dr. Kalo. "And, (he) should have a long career without this thing being much of a problem."

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