Sim­mons surgery called ‘suc­cess­ful’

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jack McCaf­fery jm­c­caf­fery@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Jack­McCaf­fery on Twit­ter

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

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