Dr. Deryk Jones and Dr. Misty Suri, two orthopedists on the New Orleans Saints’ medical staff, were fired today for mistakenly diagnosing cornerback Delvin Breaux with a knee contusion. In reality, Brueax fractured his fibula and will need to undergo immediate surgery, which will keep him sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Breaux is now on his way to Green Bay, where noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure.
Despite the doctors’ error, Ochsner Health Systems, the company that provides medical staff to both the Saints and Pelicans, came out in defense of their doctors, stating “We understand that the intense pressure a professional sports team is under at the start of a new season can cause unexpected changes. We were first made aware of the Saints decision late last night to make a directional change in the services Drs. Jones and Suri have historically provided. While we were surprised, we will respect the decision of the Saints’ leadership. We stand behind our strong Sports Medicine Program, including Dr. Jones and Dr. Suri and a team made up of nationally recognized orthopedic surgeons who are fellowship trained in sports medicine.”
Dr. Suri will still retain his post as team physician for the New Orleans Pelicans, and the company will continue to work with both organizations.
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