Dr. Colvin discusses Panthers Jon Beason’s Surgery

Posted by on Sep 17, 2011 in Dr. Alexis C. Colvin, Health | No Comments

Panthers MLB Jon Beason underwent surgery Sept. 16 to repair the Achilles tendon tear he suffered in Week One, and he won’t play again this season. There were some questions about whether the injury could threaten his career. Dr. Alexis Colvin said the recovery process for Beason will be lengthy, but Colvin expects Beason will be able to return from it. Colvin, an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine expert at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s department of orthopaedics, said athletes coming off a torn Achilles usually do not start training again until three months after surgery. “I think in a year he should be able to come back at a similar level, but it’s a case-by-case basis, too,” Colvin said. “Even though it’s a relatively straightforward injury, there’s always potential that for him, for some reason, the tendon doesn’t heal as well. … It’s not like a cartilage defect in the knee or something where we know that down the road it’s going to cause problems. In general, people seem to recover pretty well from Achilles tendon repairs.”

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