Jay Leno Gets Surgery For His “Significant” Car Fire Burns

Comedian and talk show presenter Jay Leno had surgery this week and may need a second procedure in the coming days after he suffered “severe” burns while working on a car over the weekend, his doctor confirmed on Wednesday. Burns was found on Mr. Leno’s face, hands, and chest, according to Dr. Peter H. Grossman, medical director of Grossman Burn Centers in West Hills, California. The doctor said Mr. Leno had “deep second-degree burns, with possibly third-degree burns,” and that the worst of the damage was to his face.

Since the injury was so severe, the doctor said he expected Mr. Leno to make a full recovery, but cautioned that it could take “slightly longer” than the comic had anticipated. In a statement released after the blaze, Mr. Leno said he wouldonly need a week or two” to recover.

Jay Leno Gets Surgery For His "Significant" Car Fire Burns
Jay Leno Gets Surgery For His “Significant” Car Fire Burns

At a press conference covered by FOX 11 Los Angeles, Dr. Grossman was overheard saying, “He’s Jay Leno.” “He’s walking around and cracking jokes. He’s incredibly kind to our nursing staff, he’s very compliant and very appreciative of everyone here, and really an ideal patient and one who understands the seriousness of his injury.”

According to his physician, Mr. Leno, who is also famous for his extensive automobile collection, was injured in a fire that broke out when he was working underneath one of his vehicles in Burbank, California. According to him, Mr. Leno was extricated from under the vehicle and sent to a Burbank hospital for initial treatment before being moved to the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center.

According to a 2011 blog post in The New York Times, Mr. Leno kept his collection of cars in a garage in Burbank with a full tank of petrol, a current registration, and legitimate insurance certificates. According to Mr. Leno’s doctor, the burns he sustained were likely exacerbated by the chemical components of the gas and the fire.

Dr. Grossman explained that the initial step in Mr. Leno’s recovery was surgery to remove damaged tissue, or “debride,” and then to apply temporary skin grafts to the burned areas. Later this week, he will undergo more surgery to remove the skin grafts and determine his next course of action for healing. The physician remarked, “We hope that when all is said and done he will recover well,” adding, “but burn injuries are progressive and dynamic and it’s hard to predict ultimately what the final outcome will be at this stage in the game.”

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, in which Mr. Leno breathes 100% oxygen to speed up healing and reduce inflammation, is also a part of his treatment. High-pressure oxygen at 100% purity is maintained in a hyperbaric chamber. Former “The Tonight Show” host Jay Leno has a new show, “Jay Leno’s Garage,” on which he recently interviewed Vice President Biden about the potential of electric cars. He also leads a new version of the comic game show You Bet Your Life, which airs on a national television network.

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After suffering “serious” burns while working on a car over the weekend, comedian and talk show host Jay Leno underwent surgery this week and may need a second procedure in the coming days, his doctor said on Wednesday. Dr. Peter H. Grossman, medical director of Grossman Burn Centers in West Hills, California, said that Mr. Leno was found to have burns on his face, hands, and chest.

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