IRL: Jaques Lazier in good condition after back surgery

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, April 25, 2002 -- Indy Racing League veteran Jaques Lazier could be out of competition for up to six months after surgery April 24 to repair a spinal fracture, said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Terry Trammell, who performed the...

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, April 25, 2002 -- Indy Racing League veteran Jaques Lazier could be out of competition for up to six months after surgery April 24 to repair a spinal fracture, said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Terry Trammell, who performed the surgery at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Team Menard driver Lazier, from Alta Loma, Calif., suffered an acute fracture of the T12 vertebra in a two-car accident during the Firestone Indy 225 on April 21 at Nazareth Speedway. That injury, combined with a compression fracture of the L1 vertebra suffered in an accident in 2000, made surgery necessary, Trammell said.

"Either injury alone would require little more than a brace," Trammell said. "He had a forward bend, or a kink, in his spine as a result of the two injuries."

Trammell used eight screws and two rods to repair Lazier's back.

"It went real, real well," Trammell said of the surgery. "I just visited him, and he's the Jaques we know with his great attitude. He's a little sore, but he's doing fine."

Lazier will wear a brace for eight to 12 weeks, Trammell said.

Lazier is in good condition and will remain at Methodist Hospital for four to five days, Trammell said.

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