Saturday, September 23, 2006

NIH: And now we know

Offical word is that Nick Johnson suffered a fractured right femur, and will undergo a surgical repair this evening in New York.

Just to pass along a little general knowledge, the femur is the longest bone in the human body. Also called the thigh bone, it run from the hip down to the knee. The surgery is necessary to reconstruct the bone right away, otherwise the thigh muscle can have a tendency to pull the fragmented bone sections so that they overlap and knit incorrectly. If this happens, it can cause a life long disability. Don't get too concerned, however, as the type of surgial procedure he is having tonight will likely result in a full, but slow, recovery. "Slow" here being defined as three to six months. Thus, if Johnson takes any bad turns in his recovery process, he could actually still be out with the injury in Spring Training or even the start of the season.

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