Newly minted champ Kyle Busch to undergo two surgeries in December
Newly minted NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch will undergo a pair of surgeries next month on his left foot and right leg, which were injured in a crash at Daytona in February.
Busch suffered a compound fracture of his lower right leg and a mid-foot fracture of his left foot after his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota went head-on into a concrete wall in the season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race. The injuries sidelined Busch for the first 11 Sprint Cup races of the season.
Speaking on a NASCAR teleconference Tuesday, Busch said he will have the surgeries in mid-December.
"I’m not exactly sure yet when it’s going to be, if it’s the week after the (NASCAR) banquet or the following week after that," said Busch. "So I think it might be the 14th or 15th (of December)."
Busch said he’s trying to get both surgeries performed on the same day.
"I have yet to have heard that that is confirmed, and I’m waiting for them to tell me whether or not that’s what we’re doing," Busch said of his doctors.
The leg surgery should require about a month to rehab, though Busch will be good to go for the start of the 2016 NASCAR season.
"I’m going to be down for probably, they said, about four weeks with the leg," Busch said. "Just having to re-go through the knee and to cut the knee open again in order to pull the rod out; that’s going to be the most traumatic part and just having that have to heal and go back together and let the muscle get back together, and, of course, the tendon, as well, too."
The foot surgery should be a quicker recovery, said Busch.
"When I get the foot surgery done, I haven’t heard exactly how long I’m supposed to be off of that, but the doctor made it seem as if once the plates and screws come out, I’ll be able to walk on it right away," said Busch. "It’ll be to rehab to make sure that all the joints that have been immobilized for the last nine months, we get them kind of woken back up in a smooth fashion and break it in, let’s say."