Joel Embiid is scheduled to have a second surgery on his right foot, sources told CSNPhilly.com. The story was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
After a recent, routine CT scan revealed “less healing than anticipated,” Embiid consulted with a doctor at a hospital for special surgery in New York. Embiid also traveled to North Carolina earlier this month where he received another opinion from a specialist in orthopedic surgery. The decision for Embiid to have a second procedure on his navicular bone was made thereafter, sources indicated. A Sixers’ spokesperson couldn’t be reached for comment.
It remains unclear whether Embiid will miss the upcoming season. The timetable for his recovery is also murky. (The Inquirer reported that he’s likely to miss the entire upcoming season.) As part of the initial surgery in June of last year, the 21-year-old had two screws inserted into his foot by Dr. Richard Ferkel at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. At the time, Ferkel told reporters “the surgery went well and I'm confident that after appropriate healing he will be able to return to NBA basketball.” Ferkel ball-parked the recovery at four-to-six months. Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie put the rehab at closer to five-to-eight months. Now, more than a year after the first procedure, Embiid will restart the process with a second surgery.
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