Stefan Küng successfully undergoes jaw surgery
Apr 10 2018 02:23 pm CET

Stefan Küng successfully undergoes jaw surgery
Stefan Küng successfully undergoes jaw surgery
Photo of Stefan Küng © Mary Cárdenas /

BMC Racing Team's Stefan Küng has successfully undergone surgery on a broken jaw he sustained during Paris-Roubaix. The rider will be sidelined from five to six weeks.

The Swiss rider crashed before the first cobbled section of the Monument and immediately received six stitches to close a wound on his chin. Later on, X-rays performed at the Roubaix Centre Hospitalier revealed a fractured jaw.

After returning to Switzerland, the rider was examined at the Kanton Spital Hospital in St.Gallen, where the surgery took place. "After consulting the specialists at Kanton Spital Hospital, the surgical option was deemed the best treatment method to optimize the recovery of his injuries," said Team Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Max Testa.

"The surgery was performed last night and went well and Stefan will probably go home today. He will now have a couple of easy weeks before rebuilding his training load. Stefan will be restricted to liquids and soft food for a while to minimize the movement of the jaw but he is able to speak.

Küng will return to training soon and be back on the road in a few weeks. "Stefan should be able to train on his home trainer in a few days and from there slowly build up and return to the road. We expect him to return to racing in five to six weeks but we will continue to monitor his recovery and alter his program accordingly."

The rider is motivated to return to the bike and competition as soon as possible. "I'm feeling good and I'm fortunate that these injuries are treatable and I'll be back on my bike soon. I want to thank Dr Max Testa and the BMC Racing Team medical team, as well as the specialists here in St. Gallen for taking good care of me. I hope to be back racing as soon as possible," he commented.



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