Repsol Honda MotoGP star Dani Pedrosa has undergone surgery for compartmental syndrome, more commonly known as 'arm pump'.
The Spaniard, currently second in the world championship behind unbeaten team-mate Marc Marquez, had not publicly complained of arm pump problems, characterised by a loss of strength and feeling in the forearm.
Surgery was carried out on Tusday morning by Dr. Mir at the Hospital Universitario Quirón Dexeus in Barcelona. Dr Mir is confident Pedrosa will recover in time for next weekend's French GP.
"After an intense weekend of action at the Spanish Grand Prix, where Dani missed out on second place by just 0.098s, followed by a positive day of testing on Monday, Dani received surgery this morning to treat compartmental syndrome, in order to fix an ailment common amongst World Championship riders," said a Repsol Honda statement.
"Due to discomfort in his right forearm, Dani was initially examined by Dr. Mir. After the consultation it was decided to carry out the operation immediately, in order to increase Dani's chances to compete in the upcoming French Grand Prix. Dr. Mir used two incisions to enter the forearm, freeing the flexor and prone-extensor muscles in the appendage via minimally invasive microsurgery.
"Dani will remain in hospital for 24 hours, and will need to keep his arm immobile for some days. Following this, he will begin functional recovery. If his healing progress goes according to plan, Dani should be able to take part in the next race on the MotoGP calendar, held in ten days at Le Mans, France."
LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl may also opt for arm pump surgery prior to the French MotoGP, having struggled with the issue on his way to tenth place in Sunday's Spanish race.
"The right arm started to ache a bit but I could complete my 'to do' list," said Bradl at the conclusion of Monday's post-race test. "I have fixed a medical check [on Tuesday] in Germany and hope to solve this problem quickly."
The Le Mans round takes place from May 16-18.