Michael van der Mark says he doesn't expect to have any further issues after going under the knife to alleviate ongoing pain in his wrist when riding.
The Dutchman, who finished seventh in his first season of World Superbike racing, withdrew early from the final test of the year in Jerez after experiencing pain in his right wrist.
Diagnosed as suffering from De Quervain's tenosynovitis – inflammation around the wrist -, though van der Mark had the option of healing it with prolonged rest, he preferred to undergo a minor surgery in a hospital in Antwerp to quell it entirely.
With World Superbikes currently in the midst of the winter testing ban, van der Mark – who will stay with Honda Racing in 2016 – says he doesn't expect the operation to affect him when he returns to action in January.
“It has been a quick and small operation and surely it was the right thing to do” said van der Mark. “The doctor found some more small inflammations close to the one that gave me difficulties and he said that if I had just let it heal by resting it would have returned at some stage.
“I lack a bit of strength in my arm and hand at the moment but in few weeks, everything should be back to normal. Actually it already feels quite good again and I expect no issues for the next test.”