MotoGP: Pedrosa & Hayden Have Metalwork Removed

11/18/2013 @ 8:22 am, by David Emmett8 COMMENTS


With the MotoGP season now officially ended, riders are taking the opportunity to have various medical niggles sorted out ready for 2014. Last week, Dani Pedrosa had the metal plate removed from his right collarbone; and on Sunday, Nicky Hayden had a screw removed from his right wrist.

Pedrosa’s surgery brings to a close a painful chapter in his life. The plate which has just been removed was inserted on his right collarbone after his clash with Marco Simoncelli at Le Mans in 2011.

Pedrosa was reluctant to have surgery on his his right collarbone, as he was only just starting to recover from surgery on his left collarbone, which he had injured at Motegi in 2010.

The operation to fix that injury had seen screws compress the artery leading down to his left arm, causing a loss of feeling during racing. The clash with Simoncelli took place just weeks after an operation to resolve the thoracic outlet syndrome which had resulted from the previous injury.

With the plate in his right collarbone removed, Pedrosa will need two weeks of rest before starting physical rehabilitation. The recovery period should give his collarbone time to heal, and for bone growth to fill in the holes left by the screws, restoring his collarbone to full strength.

Over in the US, Nicky Hayden has had surgery to remove a screw holding together the scaphoid he injured in a crash at Valencia in 2011. Since that crash, Hayden had suffered irritation in his right wrist, his hand often swelling up quite badly. Hayden exacerbated the injury in 2012, when he crashed during qualifying at Indianapolis.

With the swelling getting worse this year, Hayden decided to have the screw removed by Dr. Ting in California after this season. Surgery went well, and Hayden posted up pictures both before and after on his Instagram and Twitter pages.

Photo: Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • KSW

    Man I’m glad my non healing scaphoid doesn’t have metal. The scaphoid, a common injury among motorcyclists, is indeed a fickle beast and when it goes wrong there it’s a lifetime of pain. Now, if only someone could do something about my non functioning frontal lobes that require a pill every morning…. Head injuries are the other thing that aren’t easy to manage. When these riders become older they will surely be hurting all over. Best to save some of that big $$ they’re making now to take of the injuries later.

  • TexusTim

    these guys are olner and radius have never been the same in my left wrist..poor circulation…it sucks but when I ride I dont notice it at all but as soon as I get off the bike it hurts like hell. left shoulder, collar bone and vertabrea in base of my neck also…yea I still ride.

  • ircsmith

    I dont understand the plates being used on the top athletes in this class. the protrusion of the plate and the screws just create potential catching points for ligaments and nerves. both my clavicles have been screwed. first figuratively then literally. all internal to the bone. nothing to catch on and much stronger out the door. I was back on the track 5 days (or was it 6?) after my first operation. granted thats no Jorge feat of strength, plus mine didn’t hurt in the least out on track. making me a super wimp! why are these top athletes still getting plated?

  • Zander

    I broke my femur into several pieces, some choosing to exit my leg. After a few screws and a full length Ti rod, plus bone graft surgery and three months to heal, I was back on two wheels (much to my surgeon’s disbelief). I nearly did destroy my sciatic so I have some numb areas but little discomfort otherwise. My orthopedic surgeon later stated that we could have the metal removed so I asked, “what are the benefits?” “None, really.” was his reply. So my options are to live with a titanium reinforced femur or go under the knife for more invasive surgery. I’ll choose the option that keeps me in the saddle and out of the wheelchair, thank you very much.

  • MIke

    ircsmith as to why they are getting plated I do not know but perhaps it is more armor like?
    Considering they will immediately return to a track where they may once again be ejected at 300kph?

    I bet these guys are happy when they get metal removed. Because with all the international travel they do they must set off many detectors passing thru gates at airports. :)

    I knew an older man who had a knee replacement & he always got the TSA third degree leaving America.

  • L2C

    Yo, did HRC and Repsol slip you a fiver this weekend, JB, or what? ;-)

  • L2C

    Oops, wrong thread. Hrhrhr…

  • Jordan Goodison

    Pedrosa is a machine haha… The amount of times he’s gone under the knife is pretty amazing. I broke the scaphoid in my dominant hand in ’11, I was in a cast for a year before they finally decided to due to non-union. Fixed it up with a little titanium screw (doesn’t beep at airports :P) and a bit of bone from my hip. My surgeon said much the same thing about removing it, but it’s only one screw, and tiny. To be honest I was pretty nervous about going under (for a relatively simple op), although the morphine hit me like a truck and I didn’t even start counting backwards from 10.

    But yeah, breaking your scaphoid sucks… no idea how these guys come back from injuries so quickly… The fact that they’re pushing the limit with these types of injuries just show how courageous/mental they are, surely you’ve got to have some self-preservation knowing that your extremities are being held together by metal…