Rockets center Yao Ming undergoes foot surgery


HOUSTON (AP) — Rockets center Yao Ming had surgery Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his left foot.
The team announced the surgery was performed at Memorial Hermann Hospital by Dr. Tom Clanton, the
Rockets’ team physician, along with Dr. Bill McGarvey.
Surgeons grafted bone onto the tarsal navicular bone and realigned his foot to reduce stress on the
repair. The seven-time All-Star is slated to remain in the hospital for several days.
"Everything went according to play, and we were able to achieve not only fixation of the broken bone
but also realignment of the bones to improve the stress pattern on his foot," Dr. Clanton said in
the statement. "We expect him to be immobilized in a cast and using crutches for at least 6-8
Yao is expected to miss the 2009-10 season, but be ready to go for training camp in 2010.
Yao suffered the hairline fracture late in a May 8 playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The
Rockets said late last month that the injury had not healed and he was out indefinitely. Last Friday,
the 7-foot-6 center announced that he’d have the surgery.
The injury had raised questions, especially in his native China, about Yao’s playing future. But on July
8, he said through his agent that he was "optimistic about the future and I will return to playing
basketball when my foot has fully healed."

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