Dani Pedrosa attempted to cure his arm-pump issues with surgery last year, but was unsuccessful. Discomfort continued throughout winter MotoGP testing and the season opener at Losail International Circuit in Qatar last week. During the race, the Repsol Honda RC213V pilot struggled to a sixth-place finish.
Upon returning home to Spain, his doctors advised that another surgery was needed. And Pedrosa – teammate of two-time MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez – underwent surgery Friday morning. Performing the operation to fix Pedrosa’s problematic arm pump was Dr. Angel Villamor – orthopedic surgeon and Medical Director of iQtra Medicina Avanzada.
Honda reports that Dr. Villamor completely removed the layer of fascia –the casing around the muscle that gives it form and shape, which is causing problems for Pedrosa. Following a positive post-operative exam, Pedrosa heads home to recover.
In the coming weeks Pedrosa will visit Dr. Villamor and begin a custom physiotherapy program. Honda reports that Pedrosa’s recovery time should be four to six weeks, meaning he will definitely miss rounds two and three of 2015 MotoGP at Circuit of the Americas in Texas and Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina, respectively. Repsol Honda reports that official HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama will substitute as the other factory Honda pilot.
Speaking of the operation, Villamor said: “The surgery was complicated and aggressive using a microsurgery technique and microscopic lens. It lasted two hours, and was done under a local anesthetic. We examined the muscle fascia, which were hypertrophied and had to 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.”