Valentino Rossi had an operation to repair his fractured right tibia, sustained in a crash in the Saturday practice session at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM at Mugello.
The operation was performed by Dr. Roberto Buzzi, with Dr. Claudio Costa (the familiar face and doctor of the MotoGP paddock) of the Clinica Mobile assisting.
The operation lasted for 2 and a hlaf hours and the following statement was released:
“We received Valentino Rossi at the Careggi Hospital, where we made detailed checks in order to rule out any other injuries, and the results were satisfactory. We therefore decided to proceed with the surgery for the exposed fracture of the right leg. We performed a spinal block (epidural) and cleaned and washed the fracture, which was then aligned and stabilised with a pin.
“The surgery had good results; the alignment was good and the bone is now stable. The wound remains open, as is usual in these cases, and it will be stitched in the next few days with another short surgery. We are confident that Valentino will be able to leave the hospital in a week to ten days, able to put weight on the leg with the aid of crutches.
“It is difficult to say how long the post surgery rehabilitation will take, we need to evaluate the progress of the patient and also what the x-rays will show. But I think that we can reasonably think of six weeks partial weight-bearing with crutches, after which Valentino needs to be re-evaluated, according to his feedback and further x-rays.”
This surely puts Rossi out until the end of the MotoGP summer break.
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