Tiger Woods underwent a lengthy surgery Tuesday to repair “significant orthopedic injuries” to the golfer’s right lower leg and ankle, according to a statement posted on Woods’ Twitter account early Wednesday morning.
Woods was involved in a single-car rollover accident Tuesday morning in the Los Angeles suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes, California. According to Sherriff Alex Villanueva, Woods’ vehicle hit the center median strip, careened across the opposing lanes of traffic and settled several hundred feet away off the road.
Villanueva said the area of Hawthorne Boulevard that Woods’ crash occurred “has a high frequency of accidents” because of the downhill and curvy nature of the roadway.
Woods was extracted from the SUV and transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in serious — but not life-threatening — condition. Then Woods underwent surgery.
Woods had comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones, according to a statement from Dr. Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer and interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Orthopedic trauma specialists stabilized the leg by inserting a rod into the tibia.
A comminuted fracture is when a bone breaks into more than two pieces, and they’re most common in high-impact traumas, such as car accidents, according to Spine-Health.com.
Additionally, injuries to Woods’ foot and ankle were stabilized using a combination of screws and pins. And the trauma to the muscle and soft tissue of the leg required surgeons to release the covering of the muscles to reduce pressure from the swelling, Mahajan said.
Mahajan’s statement didn’t include details of what Woods’ left leg injuries might be. Earlier Tuesday, Daryl Osby, the chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said he thought both of Woods’ legs were injured seriously in the accident.
The statement said Woods, an 82-time PGA Tour winner, was currently “awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room.”
“Thank you to the wonderful doctors and hospital staff at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department, and the Fire Department,” the statement read. “Your support and assistance has been outstanding.”
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