Tiger Woods underwent a “long” operation for injuries to the foot, ankle, tibia and fibula of his right leg, his communications team said on his Twitter account.
It came after the 45-year-old was involved in a car accident in Los Angeles on Tuesday, which was rescued from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics.
Tiger Woods medical report
“[Woods] underwent lengthy surgery on his lower right leg and ankle after being taken to hospital,” his team said in a statement posted on their social media.
Anish Mahajan, director of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and acting executive director, explained that Woods “suffered major orthopedic injuries to the right lower limb which were treated in emergency surgery by orthopedic trauma specialists.”
According to Mahajan, WoodsThe fibula bones “were stabilized by inserting a rod into his tibia. Additional injuries to the foot and ankle bones were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscles and soft tissues of the leg required surgical release,” he said.
“Tiger Woods is awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room”
After the medical analysis, WoodsThe team said the golfer is currently “awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room.”
Woods was involved in a traffic accident first thing in the morning – around 7 a.m. local time (4 p.m. CET Tuesday) in Rancho Palos Verdes, a small town near Los Angeles.
Everything points to Woods traveling at ‘high speed’
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva explained that everything indicates that Woods was moving “at high speed” down a steep, downhill grade, although the investigation into this event is still ongoing.
“I was going at a relatively higher speed than normal. Because it’s downhill, it’s tilting and it’s also doing turns, this area has a high frequency of accidents. It’s not uncommon” , Villanueva said at a press conference on Tuesday.