IRL: McGehee doing well after second operation

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 11 - Less than 24 hours after returning home to St. Louis following the Indy Racing Northern Light Series' season finale Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, Robby McGehee underwent surgery on his left leg at Barnes-Jewish Hospital...

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 11 - Less than 24 hours after returning home to St. Louis following the Indy Racing Northern Light Series' season finale Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, Robby McGehee underwent surgery on his left leg at Barnes-Jewish Hospital here on Tuesday morning. The surgery, which was a complete success, was a follow-up to the operation he had at Parkland Hospital in Dallas June 10 following a crash in the June 9 IRL race at Texas. McGehee delayed scheduling the second operation until the off-season but he is already off to a speedy recovery, as he was discharged yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) and is now recuperating at his home here.

McGehee broke his left leg in 10 places during the accident this spring. He also suffered a concussion, cracked ribs and a separated shoulder in the crash.

Many drivers would have been sidelined for the rest of the season, but McGehee only missed two races and was back behind the wheel a month later. He needed crutches to hobble to his car, but a few weeks later he recorded his best finish of the season when he was fourth in the series' first visit to Nashville Superspeedway in Tennessee on July 21.

McGehee's doctors predicted the second operation would be necessary the day after they performed the first one. It was not the result of McGehee speeding up the normal recovery process.

"They did an exchange nailing, which is where they take all the old hardware out, re-ream the bone and put new hardware in," McGehee said. "That jump-starts the healing process again. There is a very high percentage of people who make a complete recovery with this kind of surgery."

McGehee expects to be off crutches by the end of October if not before, and plans to be back in peak physical condition well before the 2002 IRL season opener on March 2 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.

For more information, see www.indyracing.com or McGehee's official Web site at www.robbymcgehee.com.

-LM-

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