Official: Stefan Bradl has 'arm pump' surgery
7 May 2014 – LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl underwent surgery this morning on his right forearm, it has been announced.
Bradl struggled during the race at Jerez last weekend and while he took part in the post-race test, the need for a second operation was diagnosed by Doctor Wolfgang Streifinger on Tuesday, the same day as Dani Pedrosa underwent a similar procedure for compartmental syndrome, or 'arm pump' as it is known in the bike racing community.
"Bradl was already operated to treat arm pump symptoms on November 2012 and Dr. Xavier Mir in Barcelona carried out the surgery but, as happened to Dani Pedrosa, sometimes a second surgery is required especially after an intensive winter training programme," read a statement from the team.
Bradl is now hoping he will be sufficiently recovered to be able to compete in France on May 18: "First of all I wish to thank Doctor Streifinger and his staff: we have known each other since 2010 when he operated on me for the first time," Bradl commented.
"After the arm pump problems I suffered in Jerez, we decided to treat the right forearm again and the operation was very quick: only 15 minutes. Now I am starting my recovery programme to be fit for the forthcoming GP in Le Mans," he added.