The operation to fix Dani Pedrosa’s arm pump condition has been judged a success. Dr. Angel Villamor performed a fasciectomy via microsurgery today, removing the membrane that encloses the forearm muscles to allow them to expand.
The procedure is a radical one, but having had two prior fasciotomy operations – where the membrane is merely opened, but not removed – which failed to alleviate the symptoms — it was one of the very few courses of action left open to the Spaniard.
Pedrosa is due to be discharged from the hospital shortly, and wil return home to begin his recovery. During the period of physical rehabilitation, Pedrosa’s progress will be monitored very closely, to ensure it progresses well.
The recovery period is at least four to six weeks, which means that Pedrosa will miss the Austin and Argentina rounds of MotoGP. Whether he will return for Jerez is not certain: Pedrosa will only return to racing once Dr. Villamor has judged the surgery to be a complete success.
Source: HRC; Photo: © 2014 Tony Goldsmith / www.tonygoldsmith.net – All Rights Reserved
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