Posted on: June 2, 2015
The Road Ahead: What Treatment and Rehab Options Might Look Like for Secretary Kerry
Dr. Victor Khabie, Chief of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Sports Medicine at
Dr. Victor Khabie, Co-Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospitl
Northern Westchester Hospital in Hospital in Mount Kisco, NY explains the likely treatment and physical rehabilitation that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will receive after breaking his right femur in a bicycling accident.
Dr. Khabie says, “While it might take a full year for Secretary Kerry to completely heal, with advances in surgical procedures, he should be up and walking with crutches the same day as the surgery to repair his broken leg.”
Options to fix the femur
“While there are two options, it really only comes down to one option, and that is surgery. The other option would be to remain bedridden for six weeks as the broken bone heals, but that is not a good idea. People can develop bed sores, blood clots, and even pneumonia if they stay in bed that long. This should be fixed surgically by stabilizing the bone with a rod, plates, or screws, depending on the pattern of the fracture,” says Dr. Khabie.