Arm Pump Surgery A Success For Pedrosa, Now Physical Rehab Awaits

The operation to fix Dani Pedrosa's arm pump has been judged a success. Dr. Angel Villamor performed a fasciectomy via microsurgery today, removing the membrane that encloses the forearm muscles to allow them to expand. The procedure is a radical one, but having had two prior fasciotomy operations - where the membrane is merely opened, but not removed - which failed to alleviate the symptoms, it was one of the very few courses of action left open to the Spaniard.

Pedrosa is due to be discharged from the hospital shortly, and wil return home to begin his recovery. During the period of physical rehabilitation, Pedrosa's progress will be monitored very closely, to ensure it progresses well.

The recovery period is at least four to six weeks, which means that Pedrosa will miss the Austin and Argentina rounds of MotoGP. Whether he will return for Jerez is not certain: Pedrosa will only return to racing once Dr. Villamor has judged the surgery to be a complete success.

The press release issued by Honda on Pedrosa's surgery is shown below:

Successful surgery for Pedrosa in Madrid

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa underwent surgery this morning in Madrid, performed by Dr. Angel Villamor – orthopaedic surgeon and Medical Director of iQtra Medicina Avanzada. The surgery, aimed to fix Dani’s problematic arm pump, took just over 2 hours with Dr. Villamor confident of its success.

The operation, aimed to fix Dani’s problematic arm pump, took just over 2 hours with Dr. Villamor confident of its success. During today’s surgery, Dr. Villamor completely removed the layer of fascia – the casing around the muscle that gives it form and shape – which is causing problems for Dani.

It is expected that Dani will be discharged from the hospital in a few hours, after confirming that his post-operative evolution is positive. He will visit Dr. Villamor regularly in the coming weeks for check ups and then begin a custom physiotherapy program. A recovery time of 4 to 6 weeks is expected, however his return to racing won’t be confirmed until Dr. Villamor can ascertain the success of the surgery.

Dr. Angel Villamor:

“The surgery was complicated and aggressive using a microsurgery technique and microscopic lens. It lasted two hours, and was done under a local anaesthetic. We examined the muscle fascia, which were hypertrophied and had to be 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.”

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Hope Dr Angel knows what he's doing. I thought numerous doctors had nixed additional surgery. If the muscle fascia had deteriorated and was causing problems, then I suppose it had to go. I wonder why it's there in the first place, if it's not needed. I guess DP will find out.

Hope Dani will make a good recovery. He belongs in MotoGP, right at the front.

It sounds even more scary than I initially presumed.
The man really deserves better and, while this may look like a gamble, it could be the last chance to fix the problem and all the pain that it causes.
I hope it works for Dani. Not for this championship or contract, but for his career.
Hopefully he won't push things too early just to please contracts and sponsors. Even if HRC sack him (for whatever reasons) this guy would always be a serious consideration for any other team. Take you time, health comes first.

Dani is a huge talent (in a tiny package), and while he was able, showed great determination in Qatar. Get well soon and come back to race.

The season these guys come into our homes to entertain us with their skill and bravery, up to the point where we feel as if we know them and feel their pain when things go wrong.
The one thing you can say about Danny as rider is he is always sporting and fair. Rarely have I seen him barging his way around or running other riders out to the kerb. When Danny wins it is because he has got the bike set up just right and is ridding it well- a proper racer.
For that reason I hope all this turns out as well as possible

I still don't understand why he waited til after Qatar, so that he wouldn't have to be missing races and effectivly ending his hopes of the title, or top 3 or heck even a top 5 position

Because he only was able to find out if the problem still was existing by taking part in a proper race (he was not able to provoke the problem on a simulatior or in training). That is a known fact (read all articles)...

But as an engineer who was riding race and moutain-bikes for a long time (20.000 km/year) and sustained different serious injuries (permanently destroyed right wrist => "Hallo NH69..."; multiple fractures of my collarbone, severe injuries to the calf-/shinbone of the right leg and some muscle injuries) and who has a good knowledge about the functionality of his body and mind, I do not understand how a complete removing of the membrane is possible without permanent (negative) consequences for its integral functionality. Everything in nature and its complex (sub)systems is there for a reason...

I really like Dani and think that he trully deserves to be a MotoGP championship winner, but not at the cost of a permanent health "limitation" (I know what it means to have a irreparable destroyed scaphoid bone and - despite a proper operation and the known "Herbert screw" - therefore to some degree be limited in my life) ...

But if he ran a full race simulation at say Sepang 1, found the issue he may have been able to get this surgery done before having to miss races and completley ruin his season.

These guys are the most professional motorcycle racers in the world, surrounded by top notch medical assistance. Judging from my armchair, I suspect they know what they are or are not doing.

....speaking of tough riders.... surely Dani is one and I'm in awe for less of that many'd have drop it.

Best of luck.

I think Dani Pedrosa made a brave choice in wanting to undergo the surgery. No guarantees are there for the results of the surgery though. The surgery is a risk and I feel it is more likely to put Pedrosa out of MotoGP rather than put him back on his bike. If does end this way, that would indeed be a tragedy.