Wednesday, November 19, 2014
U2 frontman Bono underwent an extensive, 5-hour surgery on Sunday following a bicycle accident in New York’s Central Park.
Rolling Stone reports Bono was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's Emergency Department and underwent "multiple X-rays and CAT scans" which revealed the extent of his injuries after he attempted to avoid another rider and was involved in what doctors have called a "high energy bicycle accident."
Bono’s injuries included a "facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye," three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm. The latter injury was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin.
According to orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich, MD, "[Bono] was taken emergently to the operating room...where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws."
On Monday, Bono underwent a second surgery to repair a fractured left pinky finger.
While it's still unclear how long the singer will be recuperating, Lorich tells Rolling Stone that Bono will "require intensive and progressive therapy," but "a full recovery is expected."
U2 were forced to postpone their week-long residency on The Tonight Show this week following the accident.
The band were set to perform on the NBC late night series as they continue to promote their recently-issued album, “Songs Of Innocence.”
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