Philadelphia 76ers Statement On Joel Embiid

President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Sam Hinkie: 

"This morning, Joel Embiid underwent a bone graft procedure of the navicular bone at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. 

"The highly accomplished team of surgeons involved in Joel's procedure today included:

Dr. Martin O'Malley - Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery

Dr. Richard Ferkel - Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute 

Dr. Dufetti Fufa - Orthopedic and Vascular Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery

Dr. Jonathan Glashow - Sixers Chief Medical Officer and Co-Chief of Sports Medicine Orthopedics at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Christopher Dodson - Sixers Head Physician and Orthopedic Surgeon of the Rothman Institute at Jefferson

"Everyone involved – our organization, Joel, and his agent Darren Matsubara of Wasserman Media Group – worked diligently to assemble this highly sought after group of professionals. The goal was simple: Provide the best possible care for Joel to maximize his opportunity for a long and successful NBA career."

Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery Dr. Martin O'Malley: 

"Joel Embiid underwent a procedure this morning to address the existing fracture site of his right foot navicular bone.

"Visual inspection suggested good vascularity of the bone. We replaced the two existing screws and performed a bone graft of the site using bone from his hip.

“We were able to identify that bone's integrity was even better than expected and has been put in a great position to support full recovery.

"The entire procedure lasted approximately three hours and there were no complications.”

Philadelphia 76ers Director Of Performance Research & Development Dr. David T. Martin:

"Following the procedure this morning, I had a chance to debrief with the medical staff, Darren Matsubara and Joel’s parents.  All of us were collectively encouraged by the feedback we received.

"Moving forward, our sports performance staff will work with Joel to guide his return to play and monitor his progress against targeted benchmarks. Our team will work with Joel to create the best possible environment for healing so he can achieve his goals.

"We will now move into the first phase of the recovery process, which will include a focus on general health and fitness, as well as non-weight bearing movement for the injured limb. We will incorporate a broad network of resources into Joel’s return to play program, one that we believe will give him the best opportunity to make a complete recovery."


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