“I’m really happy to have this last surgery out of the way," Ken Roczen said in a statement from the Honda HRC team earlier this week. “They got the cadaver piece earlier than expected, which is awesome because that was the last piece of the puzzle. Now I can really focus on recovery without having to worry about any other surgery. Other than that, things are going well."
Roczen returned to the Steadman Clinic in Colorado for the eleventh and final surgery on his left arm recently. Dr. Randall Viola inserted cadaver cartilage into Roczen’s elbow, a procedure that is expected to ultimately give the arm full range of motion. During the operation, Viola also spent time cleaning out scar tissue from the affected area. It’s estimated that Roczen’s arm should be able to bear weight within six to eight weeks.
What is next for Ken Roczen? "I’m excited to be going to Germany for the first time in a few years to vacation with family and take my fiancé for her first time," he mentioned in that same press release. "I’ll still be doing physical therapy while there and then will be hitting it hard when we’re back."
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