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Orthopedic surgeon explains Tua Tagovailoa’s injury and what it means long-term

Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

One day after a scary moment occurred for Alabama football and all who are invested, Tua Tagovailoa is ok. He sustained a right hip injury versus Mississippi State on Saturday and the team earning a 38-7 win, it came at a huge cost. The junior quarterback had to be carted off the field and then transported via helicopter to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala. 

Prayers and thoughts were lifted from Crimson Tide fans in respect of its signal caller and according to Dr. Lyle Cain, the team’s Orthopedic Surgeon released in a statement that Tagovailoa is ‘expected’ to make a full recovery. While he will have surgery on his hip in Houston, Texas, another surgeon offered his thoughts on the situation via YouTube.  

Dr. Antonio Webb broke down in detail the exact injury Tagovailoa sustained.  

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The move that was used to reduce his hip and get it back into position is called the “Allis Maneuver.” In this process, surgeons stand on top of the patient, bend and flex their knee and apply a posterior directed force in pulling up and down. Once the hip is in a good position, surgeons then proceed to test its stability. If the hip is unstable, a metal pin is placed inside the bone and then traction is added on the leg to hold the hip joint reduced.

Along with a dislocated hip, Tagovailoa also suffered from a fractured posterior wall – meaning the posterior portion of the socket got broken off. In terms of surgery, Webb said to fix a posterior hip dislocation that also has a posterior fracture, surgeons would have to make an incision on the posterior aspect of the buttocks and then a plate and screws are placed to rebuild the posterior aspect of the acetabulum.

With a proper surgery, a patient is made non weight-bearing for six to 12 weeks.

This is an equivalent of two to three months for Tagovailoa and with him out for the remainder of the season, the question is will he continue to pursue football as a full-time career? 

For now, his thoughts and the prayers of those around him is getting through surgery. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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