With nearly four weeks of rest between the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring and the round at Indianapolis, riders are taking advantage of the break to have surgery. On Tuesday, Cal Crutchlow had surgery to relieve arm pump, and help reduce the swelling in his forearms. Crutchlow had had swelling in his forearms since crashing at the Sachsenring in 2013, a situation which previous surgery has done little to relieve. Though he posted a picture of himself on Twitter with both arms in bandages on Tuesday, he was fit enough to type several messages on the social media website a day later. Crutchlow is expected to be fully fit and back in action at Indianapolis.
Nicky Hayden has had more invasive surgery. The Aspar rider has been suffering the after effects of his first-corner crash at Valencia 2011 ever since it happened, Hayden breaking a scaphoid in the incident. Further crashes exacerbated the injury, and his wrist became seriously inflamed at Jerez earlier this year. One operation to clean up the joint earlier in the year provided some relief, but now, Hayden has decided to try a more serious solution. Hayden underwent surgery to have a proximal row carpectomy, which involves removal of the scaphoid, lunate and triquetrum bones. Hayden had long been suffering arthritic symptoms around his scaphoid, and the scaphoid had failed to heal properly after the crash in Valencia. The PRC procedure should allow for increased mobility and much less pain. Hayden also expects to be fit to ride in Indianapolis.
Below is the press release issued by the Aspar team on Hayden's surgery:
Nicky Hayden undergoes successful operation in San Diego
DRIVE M7 Aspar rider was treated yesterday at the Oasis Center in San Diego
DRIVE M7 Aspar rider Nicky Hayden has decided to go back under the surgeon's knife yesterday in order to increase mobility in the joint. With nine rounds now completed out of eighteen in the 2014 season the 'Kentucky Kid' is making the most of the summer break to fix his wrist properly.
On Wednesday morning at 6am the DRIVE M7 Aspar rider underwent an operation that lasted an hour and a half, carried out by Dr. Chao at the Oasis Center in San Diego. The medical term for the procedure is a proximal row carpectomy with radial styloidectomy, which involves the removal of a row of small bones in the wrist in order to increase mobility within the joint.
Dr. Chao reported that the operation had been a success and that Nicky now has increased range of motion in his wrist. The former MotoGP World Champion will now take some rest and begin therapy to recover and return to racing as soon as possible. The DRIVE M7 Aspar Team has full confidence in the rider and wishes him a swift and full recovery.