Dr. Steven Sanders is the orthopedic surgeon that performed Anderson Silva’s emergency surgery this past Saturday night, in Las Vegas. In the operating room immediately after Silva’s devastating UFC 168 leg fracture, as brought about by a Chris Weidman knee-on-shin check of a Silva kick, Sander’s placed a nearly 16 inch long titanium rod in “The Spider’s” left leg.
In the video provided by the UFC, Sanders explains in great detail the nature of Silva’s injury and exactly how and what he did to repair it.
Of particular note is what the surgeon had to say about “the second part of Anderson’s injury”; his fibula. It too, was fractured along with Silva’s tibia; however, Sander’s elected not to perform surgery on it.
As the doctor states in the video “it can still heal on its own.” As such, Sanders opted not to perform surgery on it, stating that “it was in Anderson’s best interest at this time not to do separate surgery, and induce more trauma at the time his tibia was fixed.”
In listening to his comments, fans might conclude that Silva may not be out of the woods yet regarding surgery, and that indeed, his fibula may need to be addressed at a later date. If this proves to be the case, then it would be reasonable to conclude that it will add to the length of time Anderson might be sidelined. On that point, Silva fans are apt to hope that the phrase “can still heal” translates into “does heal" and without the need for further surgery. On this point, it would be interesting to know when the decision will be made as to whether or not another trip to the operating room will be required.
All things considered, Dr. Sanders seemed to be positive about Silva’s surgery and as such, perhaps there truly is hope that the legend can make his way back to the Octagon; should he choose to do so.