Does Osimhen need new surgery? Surgeon who operated on Napoli star sets the record straight

Published: February 28, 2023
Does Osimhen need new surgery? Surgeon who operated on Napoli star sets the record straight

Professor Gianpaolo Tartaro, the surgeon that operated on Nigerian international Victor Osimhen, has revealed that the 24-year-old striker was lucky he didn't lose his eyesight following a head collision he had with an opponent back in November 2021.

It would be recalled that Osimhen suffered multiple facial fractures after colliding with Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar at San Siro. 


Osimhen was operated on placing six plaques and 18 screws into his face to repair the damage which were multiple fractures to the cheekbone and orbital bone.


The Serie A leading goal scorer was ruled out of action for eight weeks and was forced to withdraw from the Nigeria squad to the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.


“The orbital bone stopped just in time, because Osimhen could even have lost his sight,” Professor Tartaro told Radio CRC, via Pazzi Da Fanta.


“That bone could indeed have caused other problems, but fortunately some factors helped us and the eye was able to go back into its socket.”


It was suggested that Osimhen would need a fresh surgery to remove the six plaques and 18 screws in future, but the professor who performed the operation assures that it may not be necessary.


“The plaques do not need to be removed unless there is an urgent need, for example they develop an infection. The titanium could alter an X-Ray, but I don’t think Osimhen wants them removed.


“When we performed the surgery, we used the best quality plaques in the world and had to study very carefully where to place them, so there was protection should the player have to head the ball," he explained. 


However, the surgeon has assured that the player has nothing to worry about as Napoli chase their first title since 1990.


“He seems to play even better than he did before, it gives him security. He has become world class,"'he added.



Kenneth Affor



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