Source: The Ring
Former welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz is resting at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles the morning after a two-hour Sunday night surgery to repair the broken jaw he suffered during Saturday night’s Showtime-televised ninth-round knockout loss to Josesito Lopez at The Staples Center, his manager, Rolando Arellano, informed RingTV.com on Monday.
“The operation went great. The doctors went in there and they did their repairs. Now, it’s a matter of healing and letting the surgery and the repair find its place and begin the healing process. When they do a surgery like that, they wanted to make sure that everything went well,” said Arellano.
“They wanted to make sure that he is stable. So when Victor got out of surgery, he went to the intensive care unit for a couple of hours and they made sure that all of the post-surgery vitals and everything were stable and then he went back to his room and now he’s in a stable and resting condition.”
As part of the operation to stablize Ortiz’s right jaw, Arellao said that the fighter’s mouth has been wired shut and that both a metal plate and screws have been inserted.
“Victor’s wired. He’ll be wired for two weeks. They had to put in a plate and the screws in his jaw,” said Arellano, speaking via cell phone from Ortiz’s bedroom with the fighter nearby. “The wires will come off in two weeks, and then he can probably start running and strengthening his jaw muscles.”
Arellano said that Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 knockouts) fought Lopez (29-4, 18 KOs) with the injury from “about the fifth round on.”