Chris Weidman is continuing to update everyone on his condition after suffering a ‘pretty brutal’ leg break at UFC 261 last Saturday. Just hours after posting a video to his social media regarding his status, Weidman has now shared a series of X-ray photographs that show his leg before and after surgery.
The former champion previously told everyone about the procedure he underwent, which led to him getting a titanium rod in his leg to correct the completely broken tibia and fibula. Now, we can see what the rod looks like and how it is situated in his leg thanks to these new photographs.
“Before and after X-rays of this nightmare,” wrote Weidman. “Special thanks to Dr. Gitlin for performing a successful surgery and being so helpful during the entire process. Also, a big thank you to Dr. Davidson from the [UFC] or making sure I was taken care of properly and speaking to these doctors on my behalf.
“It made me feel so much better having him involved because I know he had my back,” Weidman continued. “The primary concern is the bone punctured through my calf and skin when I put my weight on it, making sure the laceration doesn’t get infected.”
Weidman then posted a series of videos about him preparing to leave the hospital in Jacksonville, FL so he can return home to resume his recuperation process. He also thanked the doctors that have been handling him since the emergency surgery.
“I am going to get to leave this hospital in Jacksonville, FL today,” said Weidman. “I’m excited to get back home and get in my own bed and continue with recovery. I want to thank Dr. Gitlin out of this hospital in Jacksonville. He’s the one who performed my surgery and it was a complete success.
“I want to thank Dr. Davidson from the UFC for being in touch with all the doctors here in this hospital and making sure they are doing the right thing. And for staying in touch with me and helping explain some of the details of what’s going on in my leg and things to look out for and the kind of steps we have to make moving forward.”
Per his first update, Weidman said he is expected to walk again without the assistance of crutches in about eight weeks. A return to normalcy will take longer, however, as doctors told Weidman that it could take between six to 12 months to make a full recovery from the injury.