Is Ware's return possible after compound fracture?

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 31: (Clockwise from top C) Peyton Siva #3 and Russ Smith #2 of the Louisville Cardinals hold the hand of teammate Kevin Ware #5 after Ware suffered a compound fracture of his leg iin the first half against the Duke Blue Devils uring the Midwest Regional Final round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


by Michael Berk, KGW Sports Director

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 8:32 AM

PORTLAND -- Dr. Hans Moller has seen it all. As an orthopedic surgeon for the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, he's even repaired a few compound fractures, much like the one we all saw Louisville's Kevin Ware sustain on Sunday night.

But it doesn't mean he had an easier time watching that horrifying scene play out than the rest of us did.

"It was quite dramatic," Dr. Moller said from an exam room in his Portland office. "I think what upset people was there was 3, or 4, or 5 inches of tibia exposed. It can be very difficult to see that visually."

Photos: Shock of Louisville player's compound fracture

That's why anyone in America who did see that, is begging to never have to see it again. Ware underwent successful surgery within hours of crumbling to the elevated court in Indianapolis, Ind.

"That's to fight off infection," said Moller, adding, "...that's an open wound, and needs to be treated as an emergency."

Incredibly, pictures of Ware on his feet with the help of crutches, began surfacing on the internet within 12-18 hours of the surgery.

"Get that circulation going. Prevent blood clots in the lower leg. And show him mentally we're going to mobilize and begin rehab from day one. That's very important for a patient mentally," Moller explained of the need to get Ware out of bed and on his feet the very next day.

Moller also liked that Ware has everything a bone rehab expert wants to see in a patient.

"Young, healthy, fit, good nutrition, well coached, with top-level care available to him," Moller explained.

It's why Moller can feel strongly that a return to the Cardinals, should be in the cards for Kevin Ware.

"Supposition, but I would expect he will recover, he'll play," Moller said. "It's not career threatening, he'll come back - absolutely!"

A pretty good prognosis from a surgeon whose seen it all.  And like all of us, is hoping to never again see what so many people witnessed on Easter Sunday.

"It was a little overwhelming. Yes."