Egan Bernal needs a second spinal surgery

Egan Bernal will undergo a second spinal surgery, this time closer to his neck.

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Nine days after the initial spinal surgery that stabilized fractures in the T5 and T6 vertebrae of his spine, Egan Bernal will undergo a second spinal surgery, this time closer to his neck. Bernal is recovering from a training crash in late January that left the Colombian rider with an extensive list of injuries.

“After advancing the recovery of the systems involved in his polytrauma (musculoskeletal, respiratory, hemodynamic nervous) new diagnostic imaging was carried out and it was determined, on an interdisciplinary basis, that he will be submitted to an operation at the level of the cervical spine,” the Clinica Universidad de La Sabana, where Bernal is being treated, said in a statement. “This intervention will favour his process of rehabilitation. We advance with the patient in all his processes of recovery, confident of a swift improvement.”

Bernal himself posted an update to his Instagram over the weekend that hinted he would need more surgeries before he was able to leave the Clínica Universidad de La Sabana. The Tour de France champion has already undergone two separate surgeries, the initial spinal surgery along with one for fractures to his femur and kneecap.

“I’m still in the ICU waiting for more surgeries but trusting in God everything will be fine,” Bernal said.

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