IndyCar driver Robert Wickens has undergone a successful surgery to his spine following the horrific crash in Sunday’s race.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports along with IndyCar released a joint statement on Tuesday updating on the surgery which took place on Monday. Rods and screws were placed on the Canadian driver’s spine without any complication.
This was not the last surgery to be performed on his body as the statement added of more especially to fix the fractures in his lower body and also the right forearm. It added that the SPM driver remains in stable condition.
“Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens underwent surgery Monday, Aug. 20 at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest to stabilize a thoracic spinal fracture, associated with a spinal cord injury sustained during the INDYCAR event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 19.
“Titanium rods and screws were placed successfully in Wickens’ spine during the surgery, which was performed without complication. The severity of the spinal cord injury is indeterminate at this time.
“Wickens is expected to undergo further surgeries to treat fractures in his lower extremities and right forearm. He remains in stable condition,” the statement from the team and IndyCar read.
The Canadian driver has received several messages from his competitors and the motor racing community on the whole for a speedy recovery since the crash on Sunday.
UPDATE: The team and IndyCar released a fresh statement regarding the Canadian driver on August 24 where it revealed of surgeries performed on his right arm and lower extremities with no complications.
“Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens continues to be treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest for injuries sustained during the INDYCAR event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 19.
“Surgeries were performed late this week on his right arm and lower extremities without complication. The extent of the spinal cord injury remains indeterminate. Wickens also underwent a series of precautionary tests that found no indication of further injury.
“Future treatment for Wickens includes more corrective surgery and rehabilitation. The thoughts of the entire INDYCAR community are with the Wickens family and SPM during this time.”