Stefan Bradl spent his 23rd birthday (yesterday) undergoing corrective surgery to relieve one of the most common ailments that professional motorcycle racers suffer, compartment syndrome (arm pump).
The procedure was carried out by the renowned Dr. Xavier Mir (who operates almost all Spanish riders) Head Surgeon of Hands and Upper Extremities at University Hospital in Barcelona. The German rider will leave the hospital today and will be able to start functional recovery within three weeks.
“After the arm pump problem I suffered in Japan this year at Motegi GP I had my first medical check with Dr Mir two weeks ago and together with the Team we decided to make this surgery quickly. The operation turned out really well and Dr. Mir told me my arm was better than he thought, so I am really pleased we took the decision and operated. It’s weird to celebrate the birthday at the hospital but some of my technicians came to visit me and the medical staff have been very nice with me”, said Bradl.
With the test ban going into effect for the next six weeks and the next MotoGP tests cscheduled from February 4th to 6th at Sepang, Brad will have more than enough time to return to fitness.