Former UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman has provided an update on his recovery from surgery after he suffered a compound fracture against Uriah Hall at UFC 261 earlier this month.
The Baldwin native is currently at home recovering from a surgery following his ghastly injury in Jacksonville, Florida, after he saw his first offensive action of the night, a right low kick checked by Hall just eighteen seconds into their main card re-run.
Transported to a medical facility immediately, Weidman was set to undergo surgery on Sunday morning, which was a success. Posting an update video on his official Instagram, Weidman confirmed that doctors had inserted a titanium rod through his knee to stabilize his fibula, and how they believed his tibia would heal itself in time.
A period of eight weeks was taken into consideration before the 36-year-old can walk again without the aid of crutches, and a period of between six and twelve months before he can train again.
Posting another update on his official Instagram account, Weidman spoke about the pain he is experiencing following the procedure.
“I figured this would have been kind of like other surgeries I’ve had in the past where the first three or four days kind of suck and then it just gets better from there but to be honest with you… the first three or four days were probably the best days I’ve had,” Weidman said. “Maybe the anesthesia was still in me and the inflammation may have been helping with some of the pain because — how many days am I out? Eight days out, something like that, from the surgery — after the three (or) four days, it was just super painful. I’m just literally sleeping all day. I was really trying not to take the oxycodone. I was just taking Tylenol and Ibuprofen and then at certain points throughout the day I may have taken an oxycodone if I really needed it.“
Weidman explained that when he needs to move from a prone position or from lying down, blood begins to pool in and around his ankle and foot whilst he supports himself on his crutches.
“The pain is getting up to go to the bathroom or anything like that is so bad,” Weidman explained. “When I have to go to the bathroom it takes such willpower and preparation mentally to get up because as soon as I start standing — well I don’t stand on the leg but on my crutches — the blood just starts pooling by my shin and my foot and just it is definitely brutal.“
The former 185lbs champion explained how he’s worried about the constant pain, expressing his fear that he could be faced with a similar situation with his leg, after a piece of his hip bone was inserted into his thumb after a miscued hook against Kelvin Gastelum left him with a “deteriorating and dying” thumb.
“I was pretty scared about this pain because I’m thinking about the worst-case scenarios,” Weidman said. “Worst-care scenario is that the blood supply doesn’t come back to my bone and doesn’t tale which would mean possible amputation. I had that happen to my thumb after I fought Kelvin Gastelum. I had surgery for a ligament that tore after throwing a left hook on him and then about eight weeks after surgery they realized that the blood supply to that bone, it was such a concussive shot that the blood supply wasn’t coming back. So they have to take my whole bone out and put my hip bone inside there because the (thumb) bone was just deteriorating and dying. So if that happened to my shin bone, my tibia, and fibula, I don’t know what would happen. Amputation, prosthetic leg, all that stuff.“
“So that (scenario) scares me and I’m praying and I’m positive it’s not going to happen but that’s a possibility,” Weidman explained. “I spoke to a doctor about it and actually tibia’s have the worst percentages of healing properly after surgery. It’s not a bad percentage, it’s like percent, but that’s scary.“
Noting how he’s undergone a whopping twenty-three prior surgeries before his devastating compound fracture against Hall, Weidman explained that he’s still experiencing some numbness and tingling at the bottom of his right foot.
“The other thing is I have numbness on the bottom of my foot and a few of my toes,” Weidman said. “It’s tingling like they’re sleeping so i don’t have full control or the nerve isn’t fully back with that. So that’s a little scary as well. I’ve had twenty-three surgeries, this is my twenty-fourth and this is completely different in so many ways than anything I’ve ever dealt with. I’ve had neck surgeries and hand surgeries and every body part you could ever think of surgeries (on) and this has been pretty brutal.” (H/T MMA Fighting)