Tiger Woods was relocated from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Thursday after three days of surgery and care for the 15-time grand winner. Woods was seriously injured in a car accident south of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday morning.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday that if his injuries were life-threatening, he would have been taken to a facility other than Harbor-UCLA, a Tier 1 trauma center. Instead, he ended up at Harbor-UCLA to undergo surgery on numerous serious injuries to his right lower leg. The incident was classified as “purely accidental” after an investigation by the LACSD.
Officers said Tiger’s life was saved because he was buckled up and driving a 2021 Genesis SUV. The vehicle landed several hundred yards from a mean it was crossing at the bottom of a sloping gorge on the side of the road. According to LACSD, Woods was alert and conscious at the scene of the accident – despite a crushed front portion of his SUV – before being transported to Harbor-UCLA.
Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer of Harbor-UCLA, provided extensive information on Tiger’s operations on Tuesday evening after he was admitted to the hospital. By Thursday he had left Harbor-UCLA for Cedars-Sinai.
Mr. Tiger Woods has been transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to continue orthopedic care and recovery. In order to protect patient confidentiality, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center will not provide any further information about patient care. On behalf of our employees, it was an honor to offer orthopedic trauma care to one of the greatest athletes of our generation.
It is likely that Woods will need more surgery in the near and distant future as his right leg is healing from extensive injuries that required screws, rods, and a fasciotomy to “relieve the pressure from swelling”.
It is unknown how long Woods will be at Cedars-Sinai, but it will likely be a while before doctors try to put the lower half of his body back together. This could include skin grafts on his mutilated right leg. Keeping him away from infection will be of paramount importance in the near future, and a return to his Florida home doesn’t seem imminent.
“Learning to walk here will be a big step forward,” said Dr. Agus, a USC professor of medicine who was interviewed at CBS Sports HQ on Wednesday. “Obviously this is Tiger Woods. He will recover from it. He will do a lot more than just walk, but it will take time.”
“He’s going to have several surgeries in the next week or two,” said Dr. Michael Zuri, a podiatrist and state-certified physician who specializes in sports injuries. “This is definitely a limb threatening nature. Do I think he will lose his leg? Probably not. … The next week is crucial. Infection is a major concern. … I would say a month is when it is me.” will somehow know what’s going on as long as he doesn’t have a bone infection or soft tissue complication. This is a difficult thing for a while. “
Woods, who is not charged by the LACSD, was originally in Los Angeles to host the Genesis Invitational, which is supported by his foundation. On Monday and Tuesday, he participated in a series of promo videos with celebrities.
Tiger hasn’t played professional golf since the December PNC Challenge he played with his son Charlie. Woods was just recovering from a fifth back operation he had performed a few days before Christmas.