Dani Pedrosa has finally made a decision. After two days in hospital mulling over the best course of action, Pedrosa has finally decided to have surgery to have a titanium plate fitted to fix his right collarbone, just a month after having surgery to have the plate in his left collarbone removed.
Pedrosa faced two options: do nothing, and treat the collarbone by immobilization, hoping it would heal naturally, and face a recovery period of at least a month. Alternatively, he could have a plate fitted, with a very good chance he would be fit to take part in the next MotoGP at the Barcelona track in Montmelo.
Under normal circumstances, the choice is very quickly made: surgery is the fastest way to return to racing. However, Pedrosa's last experience with surgery was horrendous, leaving the Spaniard with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, the plate partially obstructing the main artery supplying blood to his left arm. Pedrosa was hugely relieved to have that plate removed, and having a new one fitted will be a mental strain.
The press release says that Pedrosa is still uncertain for the Catalunya round of MotoGP at Montmelo, but the decision to have surgery points towards a deep commitment to doing whatever it takes to be fit in time for the next race. His participation will only be officially announced a week or so before the race, in all probability.
Below is the official press release announcing the surgery:
Dani Pedrosa undergoes surgery on his right collarbone
After contemplating his options for a few days and talking further with his doctors, Pedrosa has decided to undergo surgery to repair his broken right collarbone, the result of the crash he suffered in the Grand Prix of France.
Dani has put his trust again in surgeons Dr. Joaquim Casañas and Dr. César García-Madrid, the same medical team at Teknon Medical Centre in Barcelona, who performed the operation on 6 April. At that time, they removed the plate from the left collarbone to decompress the subclavian artery.
In today's operation performed at midday, a titanium plate was inserted to fix the fracture in the right collarbone. Following medical checks, the Repsol Honda rider will be discharged from hospital and in the next week he is expected to begin passive rehabilitation.
Dani's participation in the Grand Prix of Catalunya remains uncertain.