Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director, successfully underwent surgery Monday morning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to repair facial fractures suffered during a fall at a CSO rehearsal last week.
Dr. Alexis B. Olsson, chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Northwestern, performed the surgery; in a statement issued by the CSO, he said that screws and plates “were placed to facilitate healing of the facial fractures.” Olsson also said that Muti’s upper and lower jaws had been wired in place to stabilize the lower jaw during healing.
“The surgery went extremely well, and I’m pleased with the outcome,” Olsson said. “I anticipate that Maestro Muti will make a full recovery.”
CSO President Deborah Rutter thanked hospital doctors and staff for their care and attention. She also thanked the many individuals from Chicago and worldwide who have expressed their well-wishes: “I can tell you that this tremendous outpouring has touched him deeply.”
Muti will remain at Northwestern during his recovery while doctors also try to determine the cause of his initial blackout.