Prodrive Racing Australia driver Chaz Mostert has undergone a second successful surgery at Orange Hospital in western New South Wales where damage to his left knee was repaired.
The operation occurred late yesterday and came five days after his crash in qualifying for last weekend's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
The second round of surgery was ordered after follow up MRI scans discovered damage behind his left knee cap which was dislodged in the 50G impact. Yesterday's surgery repaired both ligament and cartilage damage. The operation was deemed necessary to allow Mostert to stand in order to begin rehabilitation of the repaired fracture in his left femur.
"In the days after my leg operation the doctors wanted me up and walking which is standard procedure," Mostert said.
"I was experiencing high levels of pain while trying to walk and further scans discovered the damage to my knee.
"Going back for more surgery was the right thing to do as it will speed up my recovery once the knee has healed.
"Yesterday's operation felt harder than the first but was necessary for my recovery. Now is the time to get everything right so I can start my rehabilitation."
Mostert will wear a cast on his fractured left wrist for the next six weeks and is expected to stay in hospital until early next week.
V8 Supercars Permanent Medical Delegate Dr Carl Le said the operation was the right thing to do to aid Mostert's recovery.
"Chaz's orthopaedic surgeon, Mr Evan Jones, has kept a close eye on him post-surgery and listened to what he and the physiotherapists have been reporting," Le said.
"It is not unusual for things to be picked up on review after an accident, especially for ligament injuries, so the second round of surgery is not uncommon with these types of accidents.
"The MRI scan revealed a small (MPF) ligament tear and also meniscal cartilage damage.
"I have spoken to Mr Jones today and confirmed that both the ligament and cartilage were successfully repaired last night. It has been the right call to operate on the knee now and it should help expedite Chaz's recovery in the long-term."
Both Mostert and PRA are hopeful he will be at the Castrol Gold Coast 600 to cheer on his teammates.