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NYC Surgeon Details Bono's Bike Accident Injuries, Expects Full Recovery


The New York City surgeon that operated on Bono has detailed just how serious Bono's injuries were following a bicycle accident Sunday in Central Park.

Rolling Stone spoke with Dr. Dean Lorich, who performed the five-hour surgery on Bono Sunday at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Lorich paints a pretty gruesome picture of Bono's condition, which includes broken bones around his eye and left arm/shoulder, not to mention bone breaking through his skin. Bono had a second surgery on Monday for a broken left pinky finger.

Dr. Lorich says Bono "will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected."

The full, official statement from Dr. Lorich as given to Rolling Stone is below.

On November 16th, Bono was involved in a high energy bicycle accident when he attempted to avoid another rider.  Presented as a Trauma Alert to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's Emergency Department, his Trauma Work-up at that time included multiple X-rays and CAT scans showed injuries that include:

1. Left facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye.

2. Left scapula (shoulder blade) fracture in three separate pieces.

3. Left compound distal humerus fracture where the bone of his humerus was driven though his skin and the bone was in six different pieces. He was taken emergently to the operating room for a five-hour surgery Sunday evening 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.

4. One day later, he had surgery to his left hand to repair a fracture of his 5th metacarpal.

He will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected.

Dean Lorich, MD
Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon
New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Hospital For Special Surgery