Lance Armstrong Interview


03/25/2009| 0 comments
by Mark Higgins

Lance Armstrong Interview

We got the opportunity to ask Lance Armstrong a some questions about his injury, his Tour de France participation and plans for the rest of the season. The fracture is angulated and displaced a little more than a clean fracture so the injury is worse than first announced.

We’re currently headed over for a more elaborate CT-scan of Lance Armstrong's clavicle region. It seems that after looking at the X-ray film here in the United States that it’s a little more serious than we had originally thought.  The fracture is angulated and displaced a little more than a clean fracture, so it’s not super-serious, but we are going in for another scan to ensure the best possible treatment and recovery.

The doctor who will be performing surgery on Lance Armstrong is Austin, Texas surgeon, Doug Elenz.  He’s part of an Austin sports practice and will do the surgery for Armstrong on Wednesday, March 25, 2009. It’s a mid-shaft clavicle fracture, but a little more serious than we originally thought from the films that came over from Spain.

We got the opportunity to ask Lance Armstrong a some questions about his injury, his Tour de France participation and plans for the rest of the season.

Tell us about the next consultation and what the prospects are?

Lance Armstrong: The first part wasn’t really a consultation.  It was just when I went to the hospital and they took some film.  The film wasn’t that clear and wasn’t that close up so we did more films here in his office and it showed the clavicle in quite a few more pieces than we originally thought.  So now we’re going to CT it again. 

So there are multiple fractures as opposed to just one?

LA: I would say multiple pieces.

What have you been told so far about how that might complicate surgery or recovery?

LA: We’re going to plate it at 7 AM tomorrow morning [Central Time Zone, USA].  He wants clearer images from the CT-scan so he really knows what he’s dealing with when he gets in there.  There will definitely be a plate placed on the top of the clavicle so he can anatomically put all this stuff back together. 

Remove bone fragments too?

LA: I don’t know. I think they try to put the puzzle back together. Not sure about removing anything.

Does this mean it will take longer to recover versus what you originally thought?

LA: The surgery is tomorrow morning. Once I get out of there I need 72-hours where I do absolutely nothing.  And then he’ll check me again and then maybe 3-4 days later I can do some riding on an indoor trainer.  Honestly if the surgery goes well and the plate fits nicely and all comes together, I don’t think it complicates things for the future anymore than the initial opinion.

Does that mean four to six weeks or are you hearing a different time frame?

LA: That seems long.  This is a very common cycling injury and you hear of guys able to race in two weeks and other guys that race two months later.  So we’ll have to see how the recovery goes and make sure simple stuff doesn’t occur—we don’t want to get an infection or anything.  Four to six weeks seems long to me but again, time will tell.  Obviously the Giro is on people’s


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