MotoGP: Pedrosa undergoes successful surgery for arm injury

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MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa has successfully undergone surgery for an injury on his arm that will rule him out of the next four rounds of the 2015 season.

Pedrosa struggled through last weekend’s Qatar Grand Prix with ‘arm pump’, an injury affecting the muscle that is common among competitive motorcycle racers.

On Thursday, it was confirmed that the Spaniard would be having surgery on his injured arm to try and resolve the issue, with his doctor confirming today that the procedure had been a success.

“The surgery was complicated and aggressive using a microsurgery technique and microscopic lens,” Dr. Angel Villamor said.

“It lasted two hours, and was done under a local anaesthetic. We examined the muscle fascia, which were hypertrophied and had to be opened up and released. The muscle fascia has been dissected and removed from the forearm.

“This increased volume engorged the muscle within the inelastic fascia resulting in increased pressure within the compartment, and causing a painful condition of oxygen deprivation – thus causing intense pain in the forearm which collapsed after exercising during riding.

“We will now monitor Dani over the next few weeks to measure the success of this surgery.”

Pedrosa’s date of return will be defined by his recovery from the injury and how satisfied the medical staff are with the Spaniard’s fitness. Until he can get back in action, Pedrosa will be replaced at Honda by test driver Hiroshi Aoyama.

The next MotoGP takes place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on April 12.