As planned, Dani Pedrosa went under the knife after the Spanish GP, hoping to relieve the pain in his shoulder caused by the plate that was decompressing his left subclavian artery. The procedure was preformed by vascular surgeon Dr. César García-Madrid and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joaquim Casañas at the Teknon Medical Center in Barcelona, and the operation has been considered a success after tests showed a return of subclavian flow.
This ailment stems from Pedrosa’s crash at Motegi last year, but had gone apparently unnoticed until the Qatar GP. Losing sensation in his hand, and having pain in his shoulder, Pedrosa rapidly deteriorated during the season-opener, looking like he would collapse in Parc Fermé. With tests pin-pointing the cause to his titanium plate and screws, the decision was made to remove them after the Spanish GP, and hope his shoulder would recover in time for Estoril.
Pedrosa is expected to have a satisfactory recovery, but will remain in the hospital for the next 48 hours to continue pain and anti-inflammatory treatments. The Spaniard will be evaluated next week in order to assess whether he can take part in the Portuguese GP, which is being held on May 1st.
Source: Repsol Honda