UPDATE: ‘I’ll Get Through This’: Chris Weidman Recovering From Second Leg Surgery
Chris Weidman continues his road to recovery.
Weidman, a former UFC middleweight champion, shared on social media Thursday that his second surgery was successful, and he isn’t in any pain. The injury happened after he suffered from a broken left at UFC 261 in an April loss against Uriah Hall. His leg snapped violently.
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“Surgery went well,” Weidman said. “I feel really good about this surgery. Even like crutching myself into this bedroom, such a better experience than this last surgery. I can bend my knee cause they didn’t put the rod through it. The surgery was supposed to be anywhere from an hour to two hours. Ended up being three hours. There were some things that went down in there that they didn’t foresee happening and they had to make some changes.
“I’m just happy. I feel like this is going to be a way quicker recovery and way less painful. I feel like I made the right decision.”
He immediately went into surgery the day after the fight, but on Wednesday he revealed that he needed a second surgery.
“Today is the day before I get surgery,” Weidman said in a video update. “The last three or four weeks of my life have been super tough because I’ve been in limbo trying to decide if I’m going to get a surgery or not.”
“I’m good. I’ll get through this,” he added.
The surgery was initially to repair a butterfly fracture in his tibia bone and place another rod into his leg to secure the fibula to reconnect the bone and heal properly.
But doctors told him that the fibula was more of a problem than expected, so another surgery was necessary.
It’s unclear how long it will take for Weidman’s leg to fully heal, but in June he said if he’s able to at full strength, he would compete again.