Less than 48 hours after suffering a compound fracture during Sunday’s Elite 8 final during the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Louisville basketball guard Kevin Ware says he intends to return to the game he loves.
Dr. Vincent Key, orthopedic surgeon with The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., has experience with similar injuries like the one suffered by Ware and says the star athlete should have a bright future despite the bad break.
He said he saw a similar injury when he was a fellow in Cincinnati. Doctors put a rod in the bone, the Bengals player a day or two in the hospital, and the player was able to play the next year, Dr. Key said. The bone heals around the rod. In a month or two the player is usually able to put weight on it, and in eight to 10 months may put his whole weight on it, he said.
The University of Kansas Hospital is a national leader in sports medicine that began with NASCAR races at Kansas Speedway in 2000, according to a spokesman. NASCAR requires a nationally-verified Level I Trauma program to be on hand for critical healthcare for its drivers. The University of Kansas Hospital has the only nationally verified Level I Trauma Center in the region. The hospital was an early supporter of the Sprint Center, putting the hospital in a position to supply quality care to college athletes in major tournaments, as well as taking care of fans.
The hospital is also the official healthcare provider for the Royals and Chiefs as well as their fans. Later this year, a new sports medicine clinic at the Chiefs Training Complex will open to the public.
- Story from University of Kansas Hospital