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Surgery still up in the air for Elk Grove Village mayor
By Madhu Krishnamurthy | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 8/18/2010 12:00 AM

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Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson said Tuesday he won't know for another six weeks whether he needs surgery for a broken collar bone.

Johnson, 50, is still unable to raise his right hand seven weeks after his June 29 bicycle accident.

Johnson was riding with about 15 bicyclists on Cosman Road near Lake Cosman in the village when his front tire clipped the back tire of the rider ahead of him. He was catapulted over the bicycle's handle bar at 32 miles per hour and tumbled a few times before his head struck the pavement.

Johnson suffered a concussion, a punctured lung, a broken collar bone, five broken ribs and a muscle tear in his hip joint.

He won't be able to get on a bicycle in the near future, but that's the least of his worries.

"The hip will just have to heal. It will take time. The ribs are getting there," Johnson said after Tuesday night's village board meeting.

Johnson said his doctor has advised him to wait and see whether the collar bone heals on its own.

"He wants to avoid surgery at all cost," Johnson said. "If it shows more signs of healing, we'll be able to hold off. He wants to give it time."

Without surgery, the recovery will take longer, roughly 6 months to 8 months, Johnson said.

Johnson will know whether surgery is necessary by Sept. 21. It will likely be done immediately afterward, which gives him a few weeks to recover before he starts coaching wrestling at Elk Grove High School on Nov. 8, he said.