Spies undergoes surgery on both shoulders

Spies undergoes surgery on both shoulders
Friday, 23 August 2013

Following his crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last Saturday, Ben Spies has undergone surgery on both of his shoulders.

According to Cycle News, the injury Spies suffered to his left shoulder at Indianapolis has been found to be worse than first anticipated. Following the crash in Free Practice 3, the diagnosis was a third degree separation of the left shoulder (a completely new injury to that of the right shoulder that had contributed to Spies’ absence from the previous seven GPs). After Sunday’s race which Spies watched from the sidelines, the Ignite Pramac Racing rider travelled to Dallas where it was revealed that the shoulder separation is in fact grade-five, which upped the urgency to conduct an operation.

‘Since it was already agreed upon by both his doctor in Dallas and Ducati’s doctors that he should go in and have his right shoulder scoped for debris and/or scar tissue, they opted to go in and do it all at once,’ reads the Cycle News report.

‘Two hours later the World Superbike and three-time AMA Superbike Champion was awake and sitting up in the hospital with ice on both shoulders. His recovery time is unknown at this point, but according to a medical expert the time frame for recovery from such a surgery is six to 12 weeks. Most believe that - considering the year he has had so far – it is likely that Spies will not return until he is 100 percent healthy.’

The crash at Indianapolis also resulted in a sprained ligament in Spies’ left hand. Once again, he is subbed for by Ducati Team test rider Michele Pirro at Brno this weekend.

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