Ben Spies had ligament damage repaired in his shoulder. Ben Spies had ligament damage repaired in his shoulder. Photo courtesy motogp.com

Spies undergoes successful surgery

Written by  on Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:07

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Ben Spies successfully completed surgery in the US on Tuesday to repair torn ligament damage to his right shoulder following a crash in the Grand Prix of Malaysia last Sunday.

The procedure consisted of the reconstruction of the Coracoclavicular ligaments torn in the crash and a reduction of a separated Acrimioclavicular joint, aided by a Twin Tightrope device, which is a suture based system. Cadavar tissue was placed to replace and reinforce the Coracoclavicular ligaments that were torn.

Spies will make a full recovery although he will need to remain in a sling for up to 10-12 weeks.

The decision on a replacement rider for the final round of the Championship at Valencia will be clarified by Yamaha Factory Racing following the Phillip Island event this weekend.

--From Yamaha-racing.com

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