Colin Edwards has successfully undergone surgery to fix the collarbone he broke at Estoril. The NGM Forward Racing rider had a titanium plate inserted by Dr Javier Mir in Barcelona, to fix the left collarbone he fractured during practice in Portugal. The surgery has been ajudged a success, and the Texan will now undergo a period of recovery.
In consultation with the team and his doctors, Edwards has decided to skip the next race in 12 days time at Le Mans. The team has elected to field a replacement rider, and are in talks with a number of candidates. The chosen replacement is to be announced on Wednesday.
Below are the press releases on the subject from the team:
Successful surgery for Colin Edwards
The NGM Mobile Forward Racing rider Colin Edwards underwent surgery earlier today at the Insitituto Universitario DEXEUS in Barcelona. Dr. Javier Mir and his team performed the surgery earlier this afternoon and lasted approximately two hours. Doctor Mir had previously treated Edwards of the injuries he sustained during a free practice session at the Catalunya Grand Prix last season.
Tomorrow the doctor will reexamine Edwards and will determine the estimated recovery time needed in order to see the Texas Tornado back on his Suter-BMW. He will most likely remain at the hospital until his expected return to the USA this Wednesday.
Javier Mir, M.D.
“The MotoGP rider Colin Edwards was operated of a fracture on his left clavicle, the bone was broken in 5 pieces and required the insertion of a titanium plate with ten screws. The surgery performed was successful and he will be able to begin rehabilitation/physical therapy within a week. He will remain in the Instituto Universitario DEXEUS in Barcelona for now.”
Colin Edwards – MotoGP rider
“Doctor Mir and his team have done a great job. They were the ones that took care of me the last time. The surgery was really quick. I’m feeling great, still a little dizzy from the anesthesia but feeling all right. They put a block on the side of my neck so its feeling a little numb. I’m here watching TV and tweeting. Just want to let everyone know I’m ok!”
Catalunya comeback for Edwards
After this mornings visit to Colin Edwards, Doctor Javier Mir has been clear on the fact that given that Edwards has fractured his left collarbone already four times before, it is in the rider’s best interest to wait until the Catalunya Grand Prix to get back on his Suter-BMW.
Both the American rider and the team agree that it is best to wait rather than rush the recovery to be back at Le Mans.
The team will still participate at the Le Mans Grand Prix with a substitute rider. Several riders have approached the team but no final decision will be made until tomorrow.