Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun's hip fracture could be a factor at the start of his 41st season on the bench, but likely wouldn't prevent him from a return to coaching, a prominent orthopedic surgeon said Monday.
Calhoun was recovering Monday at the UConn Health Center after undergoing surgery Saturday for a left hip fracture sustained in a fall during a bicycle ride near his beach home in Madison.
''Nothing has changed really,'' Calhoun told ajerseyguy.com on Monday when asked if the injury had changed his long-term plans. ''I'm just going to go about my business.''
UConn spokesman Phil Chardis said in an email on Monday that doctors were very pleased with how the surgery went, and noted that the surgery involved a repair, not a hip replacement.
Dr. Stephen Hunt, an orthopedic surgeon at Atlantic Sports Health at Morristown Medical Center in NJ, wasn't involved in the operation. But Hunt said Monday that it typically takes about 8 to 12 weeks for the bone in a hip repair to heal.
''It might impact the start of this season,'' Hunt said. ''That's three months. That gives him adequate time to heal, but he may have some residual symptoms, some weakness or a little discomfort that persists in October.''
He said a doctor often will use a screw and plate or a metal rod known as an intramedullary nail to repair the fracture. The timetable for a full recovery will depend on a number of factors, including the patient's attitude and rehabilitation efforts, he said.
''The more you can persevere through some pain and discomfort and start walking, putting weight on that leg to encourage healing and get back into a normal routine, then the quicker the return to normalcy is,'' he said.
The school has said Calhoun is expected to be released from the hospital in the next few days, something Hunt said would be typical for this type of procedure.