Surgery repairs Force's ankle; team update expected Monday

Latest medical updates on 14-time NHRA champ John Force, who suffered serious injuries in a crash Sept. 23 at Texas Motorplex.
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Monday, 1:30 a.m. CT: Good news from Baylor University Medical Center, where doctors operating on 14-time NHRA Funny Car world champ John Force were able to set his broken left ankle and determined that his wrist was not broken but just severely dislocated.

According to team spokesperson Elon Werner, doctors inserted three pins into Force's ankle to set it and inserted three temporary pins to stabilize his wrist.

Force came through the surgery well. A full update will be issued by the team Monday.

Sunday, 9:30 p.m. CT: Fourteen-time NHRA POWERade Funny Car world champion John Force is undergoing surgery at Baylor University Medical Center to repair damage to his knee, ankle, and wrist sustained in a high-speed collision with fellow competitor Kenny Bernstein in the second round of eliminations at the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.

Force entered surgery at 8 p.m. CT for what is expected to be a four-hour surgery, according to team publicist Dave Densmore.

Sunday, 6:20 p.m. CT: Doctors updated John Force's family and team following a thorough evaluation of his multiple injuries, and the prognosis for a full recovery is very good.

Force sustained a broken left ankle and severe abrasion on his right knee. Force's left wrist also was dislocated and broken, and he sustained some severe abrasions and slight fractures on a number of fingers on his right hand.

Throughout all procedures, Force was alert and responsive. CT scans performed came back negative and showed no damage other than the injuries to his legs and hands. Surgeons will begin cleaning a number of his injuries tonight and possibly setting his fractures if the swelling is at an acceptable level.


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