Richard Hammond needs another operation ‘to get a new knee’ in health update | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Richard Hammond needs another operation ‘to get a new knee’ in health update | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Richard Hammond revealed he is “putting off” knee replacement surgery.

The Grand Tour presenter, 54, needs to undergo another operation seven years after his near-fatal car accident as he gave an update on his health woes.

Richard was driving a Rimac supercar, which can reach speeds of 220mph, around a tight bend when he lost control and the car plunged 100ft down a hill, flipped a number of times before landing upside down back in 2017.

The motor burst into flames just seconds after he managed to crawl out of the smashed window.

After a “smashed patella” the former Top Gear host was asked if he now had full range of motion in his knee.

“I have full movement but there is still a plate and 13 bolts in there which they don’t want to take out because there is a lot of mass,” Richard explained in a new interview this month.

He continued on Gabby Logan’s Mid Point podcast: “They could have replaced the knee but I like running and they don’t last that long.”

She asked: “Might you need a new knee at some point?”

Richard agreed: “Oh yes. It’s going arthritic now. I’d torn a bit of my meniscus and a bit of cartilage.”

Gabby quizzed further: “Are you putting it off?”

“Yes,” he commented. “I want to put it off as long as I know it’s my last knee. I don’t want a second new knee because they bond it in, don’t they?”

Richard was on a practice run for a race in an electric car for the Amazon Prime show when the vehicle burst into flames.

He injured his knee and leg and in a blog entry said he had “two sleepless nights and several hours’ surgery”.

The crash came 11 years after the presenter suffered life-threatening head injuries in a high-speed crash as he filmed for BBC’s Top Gear.

He was in a coma for two weeks after losing control of a Vampire dragster at Elvington Airfield, near York.

The presenter suffered brain injuries and was in a coma for two weeks but made a full recovery.

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