Dani Pedrosa Begins Recovery Following Arm-Pump Surgery

Dani Pedrosa will miss at least two rounds of the MotoGP world championship while he recovers from surgery to relieve arm pump.

MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa underwent an operation Friday morning to relieve the pain associated with arm pump that has been plaguing him for months. Dr. Angel Villamor, medical director of the iQtra Medicina Avanzada in Madrid, Spain, performed the two-plus-hour surgery.

According to a release issued by Repsol Honda, Villamor completely removed the fascia, the casing around the muscle that gives it form and shape, which was restricting blood flow for the former 125/250cc world champion and 26-time MotoGP race winner.

“The surgery was complicated and aggressive using a microsurgery technique and microscopic lens,” Villamor said, “and was done under a local anesthetic. We examined the muscle fascia, which was hypertrophied and had to be opened up and released. The fascia has been dissected and removed from the forearm.

“This increased volume engorged the muscle within the inelastic fascia,” Villamor continued, “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.”

Recovery is expected to take up to six weeks, though it remains unclear when, or even if, Pedrosa will return to racing. Prior to the surgery, the 29-year-old Spaniard said, “I worked very hard over the winter to find a solution because I was suffering in every race last season.

“Every doctor recommended that I not undergo another operation,” he added, “and I have tried to look for alternatives, but by the looks of things nothing is working positively for it. Now I have to assess my options and see what I can do. It is probably the most difficult moment of my career.”

HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama, who teamed last season with American Nicky Hayden at Aspar Honda, will replace Pedrosa on the factory Honda RC213V for the next two rounds of the series, the April 10-12 Grand Prix of The Americas in Austin, Texas, and April 17-19 Grand Prix of the Republic of Argentina at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit.

“I’m sorry for Dani’s situation,” Aoyama said. “I know how demanding it is to ride a MotoGP machine with the problem he had. The Austin track is very technical, but I am looking forward to racing in the USA. I wish Dani a fast recovery.”

Pedrosa finished sixth, one spot behind his teammate, reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez, in the opening round of the series last weekend at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. Factory Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi won the race.

Dani Pedrosa will miss at least two rounds of the MotoGP world championship while he recovers from surgery to relieve arm pump.

MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa underwent an operation Friday morning to relieve the pain associated with arm pump that has been plaguing him for months. Dr. Angel Villamor, medical director of the iQtra Medicina Avanzada in Madrid, Spain, performed the two-plus-hour surgery.

According to a release issued by Repsol Honda, Villamor completely removed the fascia, the casing around the muscle that gives it form and shape, which was restricting blood flow for the former 125/250cc world champion and 26-time MotoGP race winner.

“The surgery was complicated and aggressive using a microsurgery technique and microscopic lens,” Villamor said, “and was done under a local anesthetic. We examined the muscle fascia, which was hypertrophied and had to be opened up and released. The fascia has been dissected and removed from the forearm.

“This increased volume engorged the muscle within the inelastic fascia,” Villamor continued, “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.”

Recovery is expected to take up to six weeks, though it remains unclear when, or even if, Pedrosa will return to racing. Prior to the surgery, the 29-year-old Spaniard said, “I worked very hard over the winter to find a solution because I was suffering in every race last season.

“Every doctor recommended that I not undergo another operation,” he added, “and I have tried to look for alternatives, but by the looks of things nothing is working positively for it. Now I have to assess my options and see what I can do. It is probably the most difficult moment of my career.”

HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama, who teamed last season with American Nicky Hayden at Aspar Honda, will replace Pedrosa on the factory Honda RC213V for the next two rounds of the series, the April 10-12 Grand Prix of The Americas in Austin, Texas, and April 17-19 Grand Prix of the Republic of Argentina at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit.

“I’m sorry for Dani’s situation,” Aoyama said. “I know how demanding it is to ride a MotoGP machine with the problem he had. The Austin track is very technical, but I am looking forward to racing in the USA. I wish Dani a fast recovery.”

Pedrosa finished sixth, one spot behind his teammate, reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez, in the opening round of the series last weekend at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. Factory Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi won the race.

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