Apr 25, 2013
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by David Swarts
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GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro National Guard Superbike: Chris Fillmore (11) in action on his KTM/HMC Racing RC8R Superbike at Daytona. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
KTM/HMC Racing factory AMA Pro Superbike racer Chris Fillmore underwent successful surgery at the hands of Dr. James Chao Wednesday, April 24, at the OASIS Surgery Center, in San Diego, California, to repair a broken scaphoid bone in his left wrist.
“I was mountain biking in St. George, Utah, at the beginning of [April],” Fillmore told Roadracingworld.com Thursday. “We were doing some photo op stuff, and I went over the handlebars. [I] put my hands out in front of me. I thought I maybe sprained both wrists, but I went to get an MRI right away so I could find out and keep going forward. It took a while [after the MRI] to actually hear from the doctor. I was actually at [Auto Club Speedway] Friday [April 19] just practicing [at a track day], and I got a call from the doctor. She was like, ‘Yeah, you have a broken wrist.’”
Fillmore immediately contacted Dr. Chao, who together with his brother Dr. David Chao worked on Fillmore when he badly broke his left hand in 2012.
“I talked to the doctor, and he gave me my options, and I opted for surgery,” said Fillmore. “They basically just compressed it back together [with a screw]. He said it went really well. He said the fastest he’s ever done that surgery was 32 minutes and mine only took 34. So he said it was really straight forward. It was just cracked and not displaced. He said it was the best case scenario for that bone, which apparently is a very tricky bone to heal.
“He said I can start doing anything I want after the first week. I go to see him next week. I have a half hard cast, and they’re going to remove that. Then they’re going to put a soft cast on it. He said I can do anything I want to do in my comfort zone after the first week, and he said I can’t mess it up unless I have another big crash. He said after three weeks he feels completely comfortable with me going racing.”
The next round of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship is May 31-June 2 at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.