Ochsner Is Claiming That Their Orthopedists Didn't "Misdiagnose" Delvin Breaux's Fractured Fibula (Spoiler Alert: They Did)
WWL- The Saints let go of Orthopedists Dr. Deryk Jones and Dr. Misty Suri last week at the same time the club announced that Breaux would have to undergo surgery and would be out 4-6 weeks. It was originally believed that Breaux had a contusion, but he wasn’t able to work out very much.
It was announced that Dr. Suri would remain as the team physician for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Here is the full statement from Ochsner Health System:
“Last week’s media reports regarding the New Orleans Saints’ decision to change team physicians suggested the decision was related to a ‘misdiagnosis’ of an injury sustained by one of the Saints’ players. Ochsner Health System, which employs the two orthopedists who worked for the Saints, routinely reviews any claims of questionable diagnosis, and has taken the time to do so in this case. Our medical experts have stated that it is not uncommon for stress-related fractures to be unnoticeable in initial imaging; follow-up diagnostics are always required when a patient doesn’t show appropriate clinical progress. After a very careful and thorough review, we want the record to be clear, Drs. Jones and Suri did not “misdiagnose” an injury, as was alleged by an anonymous source last week. Ochsner stands behind the clinical knowledge and expertise of our physicians.
So to be clear, 'Ochsner Health System' admits that their orthopedists did indeed determine that Delvin Breaux had a contusion when - in fact - he had a fractured fibula, but they most definitely did not misdiagnose him? Am I reading that right? Hell, am I even speaking the same language that was used to pen what appears to be a laughably incorrect use of semantics that doubles as a piss poor excuse for incompetence?
I mean, I'm certainly no expert in the medical field so perhaps I'm not familiar with the jargon. However, if the term "misdiagnose" doesn't cover mistaking a bruise for a break (no matter how slight it might be) then I think we are letting professional physicians play it faster and looser with their malpractice than they do with their handwriting. I know that Dr. Deryk Jones and Dr. Misty Suri aren't all that great at diagnosing "stress related fractures", but if they stayed on staff after yet another botched examination then the anxiety attack that would have had me cracking skulls would have been easily detectable.
Christ almighty. Sometimes you just have to know when to cut your losses. When a handful of former players, as well as the fanbases of multiple franchises, aren't remotely surprised to hear that a team of doctors looked at a professional athlete's broken leg and told him he had a black-and-blue then their employer should just fucking accept that they earned that 'L' throughout the years.