Fightland talks to: The doctor who set Jon Jones' toe
The treatment for a compound fracture is to clean up the wound, have it set, and then use antibiotics to make sure there’s no infection. I saw that somebody had said it was sutured and he was allowed to just walk on it. It wasn’t the case. It wasn’t sutured in the arena. Jones wasn’t walking on an open wound. That sounds like a silly quote from someone who doesn’t work many fights. Many fighters get cuts and wounds during their bouts and they’re cleaned up and covered or sutured and allowed to go about their day. The wound was cleaned, it was dressed; there were no sutures placed at the event. The injury was splinted and closed and covered with a dressing, and arrangements were made to have him taken to the emergency room.
As for the criticism that Jones shouldn’t have been allowed to go to the post-fight press conference before going to the hospital, everybody that practices medicine knows that a patient has a right to autonomy and to make their own decisions. You can’t force them to do anything. If he wanted to talk at the press conference, he had every right to, as does any other patient. You can’t force them to go to the emergency room that second. If they’re awake, alert, and oriented, and they can make a reasonable decision, they can decide when to go. It wasn’t a life-threatening issue, contrary to the nonsense I’ve seen on the Internet. It’s very funny when you’re there looking at something and then you see what propagates and how things get twisted and distorted. But it happens from time to time. Everybody plays Monday morning quarterback.
Obviously I'm not a doctor, and while far be it for me to question any sort of procedure, I can agree with the general feeling that at the very least, Jones and his team should have been a little bit more careful in terms of handling his toe in order to prevent infection. I get it. You would think the chances of obtaining an infection from a dirty arena floor are slim. And in all likelihood, they probably are. But that's what you say until it happens, right?
Either way, good for the doc to set the record straight and let us know that the wound was cleaned inside of the cage instead of the thought that Jones walked all the way to the dressing room before anything went down.