Kento Momota (桃田賢斗)

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  1. Cheung

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    A) Correct the fracture. Then,

    B) Should be a small metal plate and screws that fix the fracture so that it doesn’t move.
     
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    Yes, with mesh implant of either titanium or polyethylene.

    Yes, it seems 2 weeks wait initially is beneficial to allow swelling to subside and hopefully resolve itself, as most cases do not require surgery.

    But... the problem is that the fracture was initially overlooked. And had it been diagnosed initially from day 1, Momota should have ***not even travelled by air***, or even something ***simple as blowing his nose!*** So, hopefully there's no long term sequellae in his delayed diagnosis.

    Even more so, I'm more concerned about the likelihood of traumatic brain injury that he may have suffered. I just hope that Momota doesn't just "tough it out" (like any male athlete would) in the meanwhile as he probably had with his undetected infraorbital fracture and vertical diplopia that was not detected until he actually went to play on court! His medical team has to proactively look for and ask him for symptoms of TBI (headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, forgetfulness, fogginess etc) because he doesn't know to look for them and he may minimize them thinking that the coaches won't allow him to return to training if he's still suffering from symptoms.

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    Hmmm... but at the same time, irrespective of whether the fracture was overlooked or not, I don't think that leaving him in Malaysia was ever regarded as a viable option.

    The whole run of events strikes me as odd.

    1) Initially, the Malaysian medical team diagnosed Momota as having fractured his nose and right maxillary sinus.
    2) The NBA is alleged to have requested an MRI in addition to the CT scan that had already been conducted, and although I am not 100% sure that this MRI was actually carried out (there are conflicting media reports), Momota was suddenly announced to be fracture-free and fit to fly. (On January 14, Zeniya Kinji, Secretary General of the NBA, announced that the medical results he received from Malaysia indicated that there were no fractures.)
    3) Upon Momota's return to Japan, he apparently underwent another detailed medical examination from January 15-17, this time in a hospital run by NTT-East, i.e., his employer, and was again ruled to show no abnormalities.

    Is it possible for diagnosed fractures to simply vanish?

    Although Momota will undoubtedly have felt that he could deal with the injury, I somehow get the impression that the top-tier of the NBA and NTT-East were also more than eager to proclaim Momota to be fit. He is, after all, their star performer, and no-one wanted yet another cloud to hang over Tokyo 2020.
     
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    It is possible that since his original fractures (right nasal bone and right maxillary sinus) and the overlooked infraorbital fracture were considered by the Japanese medical team to be minor or inconsequential relative to the other more serious injuries suffered by the other Japanese passengers. So they downplayed or omitted them, since these type of fractures usually are treated conservatively by watchful waiting and do not require surgical intervention.

    Plus Momota also probably thought he could push thru the pain and not complain, that is until he got on court and found that he saw 2 shuttles every time he tried to hit one. Several compounding factors together.

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    Referring back to this post from Jan 14

    All very odd having being diagnosed as no fractures.

    what made me very cautious was the driver being fatally injured. There had to be significant impact and therefore a high degree of suspicion of injury.
     
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    This may come across as callous, but the other Japanese passengers didn't even seem to be part of the equation. The media hardly referred to them, the public wasn't interested in them, and the NBA only mentioned them as an afterthought.

    I have no idea where or how they are being treated, or of the true extent of their injuries.
     
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    Nothing to do with their importance as persons, but their cases are probably not as newsworthy as KM.

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    @kurako : Can you brief some main points in this video? Tks so much.
     
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    0:00 - The programme starts by questioning the effect of Momota's orbital floor fracture/ensuing operation on his ability play competitive badminton.
    0:15 - After stating that a 3-month convalescence period has been deemed necessary, the programme introduces, 1) the accident itself, 2) Momota's return to Japan, 3) initial diagnosis of 'no abnormalities', 4) return to practice on February 3, 5) ensuing revelation of double vision when looking at the shuttle.
    0:50 - Question to an ophthalmologist regarding the mechanism of double vision.
    1:00 - Doctor's explanation, i.e., the trapping of muscle matter in the opening/crack of the fracture, and consequent inability to look upwards.
    1:35 - A make-shift simulation, using camera lenses, of how the vision problem actually translates into real life (2:00 onwards - vision with an orbital floor fracture in the right eye).
    2:55 - Asada Reiko, former national team member, is questioned on the implications of double vision in badminton. She replies that accuracy in determining the position of court lines is compromised.
    3:20 - Narrator: After the convalescence period, only two months remain until the staging of the Olympics. With smashes clocking in at over 300kph, will Momota be able to compete with top rankers again?
    3:35 - Ophthalmologist: It will take about one and a half months for the bone to become fixed into place again, and Momota should not strain himself during this period. The problem of double vision, however, is expected to disappear immediately after surgery.

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    Just to add a comment vis-à-vis the management of Momota's condition, yesterday, in an article posted by 東スポWeb (https://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/sports/1733439/ <Japanese>), it was reported by sources apparently having had access to Momota that:

    1. Momota complained of discomfort in his eye during the initial medical examination conducted in Japan, and this fact was noted by NTT Medical Centre Tokyo, the hospital concerned. Although the result was 'no abnormalities', a notation of 'follow-up observation required' was, at this point, added. Apparently, his right eye was only one of several areas in which discomfort was felt, with the other problem areas clearing up by themselves.

    Although a facial examination was conducted, apparently, the hospital had given priority to checking for brain damage and neck injuries via an MRI scan.

    2. Nevertheless, following the experience of double vision, Momota felt apprehensive enough to seek a second opinion at a separate hospital, specialising in eye disorders. It was here that the orbital floor fracture was diagnosed, with ensuing emergency surgery.

    3. Another source, with access to the surgeon who performed the operation, commented that the surgical procedure did not take particularly long, and that Momota's condition and symptoms do not warrant pessimism.
     
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    Smart guy seeking second opinion.
     
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    This is kind of funny, anyone know where this is from?

     
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    Wednesday, 12 Feb 2020

    By TAN MING WAI

    https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/badminton/2020/02/12/level-playing-field

    PETALING JAYA: The world badminton men’s singles field is wide open and many challengers will be eyeing titles with Kento Momota out in the sidelines. But the World No 1 spot remains firmly with the Japanese superstar.

    The Japanese media are speculating that the 25-year-old may not play in any tournament until the Tokyo Olympics in July following his latest setback.

    Momota is out for three months after having undergone a surgery last Saturday to fix an orbital floor fracture on his right eye.

    Momota’s pain, however, could be his rivals’ gain as many of them finding it hard to win the top-flight World Tour tournaments with him around.

    The Japanese won an astonishing 11 titles last year, including the World Championships, All-England, China Open and World Tour Finals, regarded as the most prestigious tournaments in the Badminton World Tour (BWF) calendar.

    He then picked up where he left off this year, winning the season-opening Malaysian Masters before misfortune struck hours later while he was on his way to the airport.

    The likes of Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen, Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, China’s Chen Long and Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting, the next four highest-ranked competitors, will be hoping to make the most of Momota’s absence starting with the All-England from March 11-15.

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    In the absence of Momota - the dominant figure of MS category in last two years -, some of his rivals is racing to snatch title in several upcoming BWF top-tier tournaments.
     
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    Yep, that is the cold, hard truth.

    But these competitors will also know that this is possible only because of his very absence.
     
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    I just hope he can recover fully before the Olympics, he already missed the last one. I so hope for him he can be fit and win, he deserves it.

    edit: he deserves a fair shot at it
     
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    I hope he recovers in time too (for sure!) yet I think all players work hard all these years and I feel like it would be unfair to say KM deserves it and therefore no one else does before the competition even started.

    KM definitely didn't deserve to miss Rio 16 and he definitely deserves to be able to fight with his full capacities for a medal at Tokyo 2020. If he is at 100% he definitely is the man to beat. Hoping he is back at 100% too so the level of competition is at its best for the Olympics!
     
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    You're right, perhaps it's best to say he deserves a fair shot at it :)

    I'm so looking forward to everyone putting up their best and who brings new skills and strategies.
     
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    Following the latest news that @kurako kindly translated for us, it seems like full recovery is possible. I want to stay optimistic on the matter and believe he can come back at 100% in time! :D

    Timing might me a bit tight but if someone can do it it's KM. It would really be unfair for him if he were to miss Tokyo 2020...
     
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    It really is tragic that, after total overhaul of his physical maintenance regimen, Momota has been side-lined by something that was entirely out of his control. The driver regrettably died, but at best, this looks like a case of gross negligence. Equally woeful is the fact that the whole issue seems to have been quietly and conveniently swept aside, ... as if the bed-side visits by numerous VIPs were somehow going to make up for the damage. ... I am sure that the honey that Momota received is working absolute wonders.

    What on earth does Momota 'deserves a fair shot' mean here? In light of the points he has already accrued in the Race to Tokyo, he will 'get a shot' all right, ... but a 'fair shot' is completely out of the question, ... unless someone knows how to turn back the clock to January 12, that is. Now that would be fair. As everyone here knows, Momota will be entering the Olympic Games with both a physical and emotional handicap. Whether he can overcome this disadvantage or not remains to be seen.
     
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    I think Momota will come through and win the Olympics despite the adversity. And once he does, he'll be considered top-3 of all time along with Lin Dan and LCW.
     
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