SINGAPORE - Ikhsan Fandi's broken wrist was treated swiftly, and the decision made for him to put off surgery for five days was the correct one.
In response to The New Paper's queries to the Singapore Sports Council (SSC), Dr Lim Yii Hong, who is part of Team Singapore at the Asian Youth Games (AYG) in Nanjing, China, explained why he made the call following Ikhsan's injury.
Dr Lim, who treated Ikhsan in Nanjing, said: "I assessed his injury on-site and in the ambulance, and while surgery may have been necessary, immediate surgery was not needed at that time.
"The recommendation was to bring Ikhsan back to Singapore in the next couple of days for him to be seen by the orthopaedic surgeon for further management and surgery promptly.
"On the day that he was to fly back to Singapore, the swelling had already subsided greatly.
"In fact, for cases where surgery cannot be done immediately as in this case, it may sometimes be better to delay surgery for a few days until the soft tissue swelling has settled or been treated, so that healing will be optimised and certain types of post surgical complications may be avoided."
Ikhsan, the second son of local football icon Fandi Ahmad, hurt himself after falling during the Singapore Under-14s' 2-0 defeat to Kuwait in an AYG clash last Thursday.
A reduction was done on his broken lower left arm within two hours of the incident, and the 14-year-old then underwent surgery on Tuesday, the day after he returned to Singapore with the rest of the squad.