Fibula and tibia shaft fractures like the ones Tiger suffered in his auto accident are serious injuries with lengthy recovery times. Tiger Woods suffered two breaks in his tibia in addition to multiple ankle fractures.
A fracture (break) in the tibia is in the shin bone of your leg. One most usually needs surgery to repair this bone. The surgery is called an “internal fixation”. In this surgery, an orthopedic surgeon will make a cut to the skin to align the broken bone. The orthopedic surgeon will then use special metal devices to hold your bones in place while they heal. These devices are called internal fixators. During a tibia operation, the bone fragments are first repositioned into their normal alignment. They are held together with screws and metal plates attached to the outer surface of the bone.
To repair Tiger’s ankle, it is very likely that many orthopedic screws and pins were used to put the bones back together.
Additionally, trauma to the muscle and soft tissue of the injured leg required surgery to relieve pressure due to swelling.
Tiger will require much rest and rehabilitation to heal the bones and build back the muscles that surround the injuries before returning to the links. What we do hear about him is that he is not a stranger to pain and injury (after many back surgeries) and that he has incredible mental and physical strength — enough to recover and make a comeback.
We wish Tiger well and will pray for his full recovery.
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