U of R sports medicine doctor on Tiger Woods' injuries

Updated: February 24, 2021 05:39 PM
Created: February 24, 2021 04:00 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Tuesday the sports world was stunned to see the images of Tiger Woods's horrific rollover car crash in Southern California.

The golf superstar was immediately rushed into surgery with leg injuries that were deemed serious but non-life-threatening. His was the only vehicle involved in the crash and Woods was the only person injured.

One of the last times the world saw Woods play competitively on the golf course was during a tournament with his son Charlie in December 2020.

Over the weekend he was at a tournament in Southern California but was unable to play in it due to back issues.

After Tuesday's car accident it will be significantly longer before we see Woods on a course again.

Woods was pulled through the windshield of this vehicle and rushed into surgery to insert a rod into his right leg to help stabilize multiple breaks in that leg and have screws put into his right foot and ankle.

News10NBC spoke with Dr. Michael Maloney from the University of Rochester Sports Medicine department to hear what Woods's recovery might be like.

"The bones themselves may require reoperations or more surgeries depending on how they are lined up and how they are healing," Maloney said. "Sometimes you will take care of a more significant portion of that fracture initially to stabilize the extremity and then down the road plan to do more procedures as necessary down the road for other fractures. A guesstimate would be that someone with this injury is probably looking at a year to 18 months of recovery time, maybe in a best-case scenario. There's just so many factors that we don't know, so many variables that play into the healing of the soft tissue, the bone, the rehab components."

It certainly sounds like it will be a long road ahead for Woods.

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