Almost 7 months to the day since Valentino Rossi dislocated his shoulder in a motocross training accident, damaging vital ligaments connecting his humerus (arm bone) to his scapula (shoulder blade), the Italian has finally had surgery to correct the problem. Rossi today underwent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder at the Cervesi di Cattolica hospital near his Tavullia home to repair damage to the supraspinatus tendon (part of the rotator cuff group of muscles and tendons) and the glenoid ligament (the ligament that surrounds the shoulder socket and keeps the humerus or arm bone in place).
The procedure was carried out by Doctor Alex Castagna from the Milan Humanitas Institute and shoulder specialist Dr Giuseppe Porcellini, both experts in the field, and was performed partially under a full anaesthetic. After completion of the procedure, the surgeons stated that the surgery had been completed successfully, and that Rossi can start upon his recovery period. This will include a period of complete rest, followed by physiotherapy to reactivate the shoulder and get some movement back into it. The normal recovery period for such surgery is 90 days, but the doctors vowed to do whatever they could to help speed Rossi's rehabilitation. With the next test due to take place at Sepang at the beginning of February, some 75 days away, that should leave Rossi's shoulder enough time to be close to 100% when testing resumes. Given the surprisingly poor results from Rossi's first outing on the Ducati at Valencia - no doubt partly as a result of his shoulder injury - the Italian will be keen to make the best possible use of the testing he has available to him.