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Delonte has successful surgery

The Celtics pass along the following press release:

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Celtics announced today that guard Delonte West underwent successful surgery to repair a displaced right wrist fracture this morning at the New England Baptist Hospital. The surgery was performed by Dr. Drew Terrono and Dr. Hervey Kimball and assisted by Celtics Team Physician Dr. Brian McKeon.  No timetable has been set
for his return.

West had appeared in five games for the Celtics this season and was averaging 6.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals at the time of the injury.  He made his season debut for the Celtics against Washington on November 17 and netted 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.

What's a displaced fracture?  Here's a bit of an explanation (courtesy of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand). Basically, it seems the are multiple fragments in the wrist.  That leads to the assumption that a plate and screws were needed to stabilize the wrist.  The one thing in that link that worries me is this:

It is not unusual for maximal recovery from a wrist fracture to take several months

What's several?  Are we looking at a March or April return?  Is this going to be a "back for the playoffs" thing?  I think it's pretty clear that this isn't a "4-6 weeks" deal.  

Here's hoping for a speedy recovrery.

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  • Lee in Oregon

    Several, (according to my mom) means at least four.
    He’ll be back in time to check Steve Blake in the finals.
    I’m interested to see how KG and the bigs deal with Hickson tonite, he’s been on a revenge thing lately.

  • Best for a healthy recovery DWest. Seems like he is doing all the right things and this would be a test for anyone.
    Von, it’s your time man.

  • Mileke

    I believe deep down, that D.West could be back in January or February, I could be wrong, but i dont see it taking as long as the ”playoffs” to recover, thats just me…. Hope Von actually step up, and do the things he’s so capable of… Go get em C’s!

  • GranTur

    D West is one of the few players who could come in around playoff time and find a rhythm almost immediately.
    He’s a straight baller and knows Doc and the system. He can find on-court chemistry very quickly.
    I’m not worried. I just prefer him to be 100% before he takes the court in a game. We’ll be fine until then.

  • JD

    I would be elated for a playoff return. Even a couple of weeks before to get a rhythm going.

  • ShawnCVD

    Big +1. That medical journal lists typical recovery times. My highly unprofessional opinion is that the medical staff, the recovery plan and patient involved is above and beyond a typical. I look forward to Delonte returning at the trade deadline (knock on parquet ). Time for Von and Nate to grow more and even more respectively.

  • I think he will be back around March. Is a wrist for crying out loud. Is not like he busted his knees.

  • Stan

    D West is a tough dude, and I’m pretty sure he’ll do what it takes to shorten the recovery period. Just look at Perk, he’s doing great so far and we’ll have him by All Star Weekend.

  • john

    What is the word on Jermaine O’Neal? This team is going to be a force of nature in April if everyone is healthy for the playoffs.

  • When somebody fractures their wrist, they may break any number of bones. The most common types of wrist fractures involve a break at the end of the forearm bone and are caused by sporting accidents or road traffic collisions.