Simmons surgery called ‘successful’
The recovery has begun for the 76ers’ Ben Simmons.
The versatile rookie had “successful” surgery Tuesday on the fifth metatarsal of his right foot, the Sixers said. Simmons was injured Sept. 30, in training camp.
His recovery is expected to take up to three months.
The procedure was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. The surgery was led by the hospital’s director of foot and ankle service, Dr. Martin O’Malley.
“Our sports performance and medical staff was debriefed by Dr. O’Malley following the procedure, and we were encouraged by the positive feedback,” Dr. David T. Martin, of the Sixers’ medical staff, said in a statement released by the organization. “Moving forward, a comprehensive return to court program will be implemented for Ben, and we will closely monitor his progress throughout the rehabilitation process.”
The Sixers were in Amherst, Mass., Tuesday for their preseason opener against the Boston Celtics. They offered no timetable for the return of Simmons, the first overall pick in the last NBA draft.
“Additional information regarding Simmons’ recovery and return to play timetable will be provided as available and when appropriate,” the Sixers said in a statement.
Martin will supervise Simmons’ physical recovery.
“Moving forward, a comprehensive return to court program will be implemented for Ben, and we will closely monitor his progress throughout the rehabilitation process.”
— Dr. David T. Martin, of the Sixers’ medical staff, said in statement