UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre held a conference call recently with his orthopedist Dr. Sebastian Simard to discuss the knee injury he suffered that forced him out of his planned February tilt against Nick Diaz, as well as the surgery necessary to repair it.
After rehabbing the sprained left MCL that forced him out of an October title defense against Carlos Condit, Georges St-Pierre partially tore the meniscus and fully tore the ACL in his right knee. This round of injuries, being much more severe, will require reconstructive surgery, which St-Pierre will undergo at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.
“Considering the instability and the pain, surgery for Georges is mandatory,” Simard explained (props to Bloody Elbow for the quotes). “There’s no way he can compete with the problem on the right knee. We’re looking at doing an ACL reconstruction with meniscal repair. The technique that’s going to be used is the technique of anatomical ACL reconstruction, which is the best technique for this kind of injury.”
St-Pierre will go under the knife today, with Simard predicting up to a nine-month recovery for the longtime UFC welterweight champ.
“I’m expecting a full recovery for Georges within 6-9 months,” he said. “The success rate for this surgery is above 95 percent. I’ve been the treating doctor for Georges for five years now and I did two surgeries on him already for elbow endoscopy. His recovery rate is completely off the charts. He has an amazing genetics and he has extraordinary physical capabilities and I know Georges has the discipline and the determination that’s gonna allow him to be back to the same level of competition that he was before the injury.”
St-Pierre last appeared in action at UFC 129 in April, defending his belt for the sixth straight time against Jake Shields.