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Oct 9, 2013

Karel Abraham Undergoes Successful Shoulder Surgery In The Czech Republic

MotoGP racer Karel Abraham (17).
Karel Abraham undergoes operation on injured shoulder

Czech MotoGP rider Karel Abraham underwent an operation on his left shoulder on Tues 8th October following a crash during training for the Indianapolis Grand Prix. The three-hour operation, conducted by Igor Cižmár, Senior Consultant at the Trauma Department of the Olomouc University Hospital [near Olomouc, Czech Republic], went well and Abraham is expected to be released on Wednesday. The rider simultaneously had removed the titanium plate which doctors in the US implanted in April to strengthen his broken right collarbone.

Igor Cižmár, Senior Consultant, Trauma Department, Olomouc University Hospital
“Karel Abraham suffered a multiple injury to the shoulder joint. His ligaments of the articular capsule on the outside of the joint were damaged, while the ligaments connecting the scapula and the clavicle had torn and healed to form a weak join. This was causing instability in the joint and associated discomfort. The ligaments connecting the scapula and clavicle were no longer holding the shoulder in place, so it was necessary to graft on a tendon from the forearm. Use of such tendon is standard and the patient does not miss it even when playing sport to the full. Karel Abraham will be able to start exercising again in two or three weeks at the earliest. Gradually, we will build up the level of exercise so that he should be able to exercise fully after five or six weeks.”

Karel Abraham, rider, Cardion AB Motoracing
“I’m happy to have got it over with, and after the rehab’s finished I’m sure I’ll be able to once again give 100% in my training and riding. I’ve got the whole winter in front of me, and the aim is to be able to go into the pre-season testing without anything holding me back. It’ll be a while of course before I’m able to get back on the bike, but I’m counting on going to the Masaryk Circuit this Sunday to watch the Marco Simoncelli Memorial Ride.”