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Herrin Arm-Pump Surgery a Success

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Josh Herrin has plenty of time to get ready and recover from his arm-pump surgery before the next AMA Pro Racing round at Road America at the end of May.
Josh Herrin has plenty of time to get ready and recover from his arm-pump surgery before the next AMA Pro Racing round at Road America at the end of May.
Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, current leader in the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike points standings, and winner of SuperBike Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway earlier this month, took advantage of the current gap in the racing schedule and had successful surgery to correct an “arm-pump” condition that he’s been having to deal with in his right arm over the past couple of seasons.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Tom Bryan of West Covina, CA, who is the same surgeon who repaired Josh’s injured left shoulder this past October. Josh flew out to California from his home in Georgia on Tuesday night and had the surgery on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Dr. Bryan, “The volar fascia was thick and tight, and it definitely needed to be released. Everything went perfectly with the procedure.” Dr. Bryan made incisions on both the outside and backside of Josh’s right forearm, in a procedure that has become fairly common among motorcycle racers who experience pressure and weakness in their forearms under the duress of racing.

When asked why he only had the procedure done on his right forearm, Josh said, “It’s worse in my right arm than it is in the left, for whatever reason. It really bothered me at Daytona, under braking and also while I got on the gas. That finally convinced me to have the surgery done. And, after what Dr. Bryan found when he went in there, I’m really glad I did it. Now, I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike as soon as I can.”

Josh said that his recovery time will be two to four weeks, so he’ll be fully fit in time for the next AMA Pro Racing round, which is currently scheduled for the weekend of May 31 through June 2 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

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