Pedrosa Undergoes Successful Shoulder Operation

Following his lucky runner-up spot in the Spanish GP, Dani Pedrosa hurried to the Teknon Medical Centre in Barcelona to undergo surgery at his troublesome shoulder.

According to a press statement, the operation was a success, and the Spaniard is already looking forward to begin recuperation in order to fully heal before the start of the Portuguese Grand Prix, scheduled on May 1.

The surgery was aimed at decompressing his left subclavian artery. In order to do that, the medical staff in Barcelona have removed the screws fixed to the collarbone from his previous operation, after which the subclavian artery has been separated from the fibrotic tissues that surrounded costoclavicular space.

At the same time, intraoperative angiography by minimally invasive transfemoral approach confirmed the return of the subclavian flow, noted the statement. It is believed that the Spanish rider will not leave the hospital just yet, but will remain under the doctors' supervision for an additional 48 hours, as he will continue treatment with analgesia and anti-inflammatories.

The final verdict as to whether he will be able to start the race at Estoril next month or not will be given by the doctors next week, when Pedrosa will return for further checks.

Prior to the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez last weekend, the Spaniard had told the media that the 4-week break between the two MotoGP events – caused by the postponement of the Japanese GP – will give him enough time to recuperate off track.
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