Marco Melandri has undergone surgery to fix the pain he had been suffering in his right shoulder. The Italian had damaged his shoulder in a crash last year at Portimao, and been treated for the problem over the winter. The initial feeling after testing had been good, but another crash at Phillip Island exacerbated the problem once again, and Melandri elected to undergo surgery on his return to Italy.
The operation - to remove arthritis and other irregularities from the acromion, the part of the shoulder blade where the collarbone attaches - was performed by the renowned Italian shoulder specialist Dr. Giuseppe Porcellini, the same surgeon who fixed Valentino Rossi's damaged shoulder at the end of 2010. The surgery was deemed a success, and Melandri is hoping to be fit enough to ride at the next round of World Superbikes at Aragon, on 14th April. The prognosis is that Melandri will be able to ride free of pain, though his shoulder will probably still be weak.
Below is the press release issued by the BMW press office:
Marco Melandri undergoes successful surgery.
After an arthroscopic operation on his right shoulder, the BMW Motorrad factory rider is confident to fully recover soon.
Cattolica/Munich, 28th February 2013. BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team factory rider Marco Melandri is confident that his right shoulder will not cause him any more problems. Over recent months, the Italian has been struggling with a lot of pain in his shoulder which particularly affected him when riding. When medical treatment over the last winter did not produce the positive effect he had hoped for and as it was still not clear exactly what was causing the problems, Marco decided that the best course of action would be to have an operation. Then, when he fell on his shoulder during a crash at the season opener of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island (AUS) last Sunday, the pain increased again.
After returning home from Australia, Marco underwent a small operation on Wednesday 27 February. It was carried out by Dr. Giuseppe Porcellini at the “Centro di chirurgia ortopedica della spalla” in Cattolica (ITA), a surgical medical centre specialising in shoulder injuries. In an arthroscopic procedure, Dr. Porcellini cleaned adhesions and arthritis to the acromion (the outer end of the scapula to which the collarbone is attached). The operation went well, without any major problems. Marco left the hospital at noon today (Thursday) and will start with rehabilitation next week. With six weeks to go until the second round of the season at Motorland Aragón, Marco and the team are confident that he will fully recover in time for the next races.
“I am very happy. The examinations showed that there is no injury to the shoulder but that the pain only had a small cause. Dr. Porcelli and his team did a very good job. With the surgery they have solved the problems which have been causing me pain. Now I am confident I will get well very soon. At the beginning of next week I will start with passive training on the shoulder and by the middle of March I will start to train in the pool. I will back in Aragon and even if I am not really 100% fit by then, for sure I will not have any pain in my shoulder.”
Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“The medical therapy Marco had done to his shoulder during the winter did not yield the expected results and after the accident at Phillip Island we took advantage of the long break of one-and-a-half months before the next race to solve his problem. We are glad the surgery went very well and we are looking forward to see Marco finally fit for this challenging season. The whole team wishes Marco to get well soon. Next week he will start with rehabilitation and he will be back for the races at Aragón.”