HOUSTON (July 22, 2009)

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming underwent successful surgery July 22 to repair the broken bone in his left foot. The procedure involved a bone graft in the tarsal navicular bone and included a change to the alignment of his foot in order to reduce stress on the repaired bone. Yao is expected to remain hospitalized for several days. While no timetable has been set for his return to action, Yao is expected to be available for the team's training camp in 2010.

The surgery was performed by Rockets Team Physician Dr. Tom Clanton with assistance by Dr. Bill McGarvey at the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute located in Houston.

"Everything went according to plan and we were able achieve not only fixation of the broken bone but also realignment of the bones to improve the stress pattern on his foot," said Dr. Clanton. "Yao is doing well and resting comfortably after these procedures. We expect him to be immobilized in a cast and using crutches for at least 6-8 weeks."