Evans elects for second surgery
February 16, 2010
Thom Evans was stretchered from the field at the Millennium Stadium © Getty Images
Thom Evans has elected to undergo an optional second operation on the neck injury he sustained in Scotland's Six Nations defeat to Wales in Cardiff last weekend.
The Glasgow wing was stretchered off at the end of the first-half at the Millennium Stadium following a heavy collision with Welsh fullback Lee Byrne and immediately taken to hospital, along with fullback Chris Paterson. Paterson won his 100th Test cap, but was forced off with a kidney injury that will see him sidelined for 10 weeks.
Evans immediately underwent surgery at the University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff, and will now undergo a second procedure to further stabilise his neck and aid his rehabilitation. Paterson is expected to be released on Wednesday and has visited Evans on his ward.
"The surgeons are delighted with his progress," Scotland doctor James Robson said. "Thom and his mum met with the surgeons last night and Thom has opted to undergo a further procedure later this week, which will enhance the surgery that has already taken place and provide further stabilisation to his neck.
"This procedure is optional and Thom could have decided to have it done at a later point, or not at all. He's decided to go ahead now and that should help with the whole recovery process. The same surgeons who performed the initial operation will undertake this procedure. Once he has settled from this procedure the expectation would be that he will be allowed to return home."