After suffering from a numb left arm during the first two rounds of the MotoGP Championship, Dani Pedrosa went under the knife this week to repair his left collarbone.
’s fitness for the Portuguese Grand Prix on May 1st is unknown at this time after undergoing surgery on his left collarbone. The Respol rider had been suffering from a loss of feeling in his left arm since the series opener at Qatar. The surgery was to reduce pressure his left subclavian artery stemming from a double fracture of his collar bone suffered during practice for the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix last October.
Medical checks performed last week, including a CT scan and several physical tests confirmed the Spaniard’s symptoms of pain, numbness and lack of strength in his left arm were due the compression of the artery running along Pedrosa’s collarbone. Dr. César García Madrid and Dr. Joaqium Casañas performed the successful surgery at Teknon Medical Centre in Madrid, Spain.
A titanium plate and screws were removed during the surgery that had been put in last November to repair his clavicle after the crash in Japan. The offending artery was also separated from fibrotic tissue that surrounded the mended collarbone. Pedrosa will stay in the hospital until Friday for further evaluation and to wait for the swelling to subside. Next week he will meet with his doctors to chart his rehabilitation plans to prepare for the May Day race in Estoril.
Pedrosa sits second in the points behind Jorge Lorenzo with two rounds in the 2011 MotoGP Championship completed.