At around 10am today, Saturday, 11th June, Dr. Ángel Villamor visited Room 222 of the USP San José Hospital to give MAPFRE Aspar rider Julián Simón the all-clear to leave. The Spaniard underwent surgery on 3pm last Monday in order to treat a fractured tibia and fibula and has begun his recovery process.
Since last Tuesday, Julián has undertaken two daily sessions of two hours in duration, involving lymphatic draining, manual massaging and machine pressure massaging to his injured right leg, in order to reduce inflammation and regain torsion in the ankle and knee. He suffered various fractures in his big crash last Sunday, although thankfully this has not affected movement of his joints. With an eye to a speedy recovery, the rider is working extremely hard to regain flexibility. Physiotherapists have applied kinesiotaping bandages after both daily sessions, in order to relax his thigh and improve mobility.
Due to the nature of the operation Julián has staples on both the front and back of his tibia. These are expected to be removed two weeks after surgery should all go according to plan. Once the staples are out, the Spaniard will then be able to introduce pool work to his training program.
Although he received the all-clear this morning, Julián will remain in hospital until after this afternoon’s rehabilitation session. His intention is to move to a hotel close to the USP San José Hospital in order to commute comfortably to his daily sessions.
“The operation was very difficult, but Doctor Villamor and Durá did a great job of the reconstruction. A successful operation is the first step towards full recovery. The night following the surgery was pretty bad, because I had a bandage applied too tightly that was very awkward. The day after the operation, Dr. Villamor visited me and was by my side for the entire time. I began to move my toes and saw an evolution in my condition since then at a steady rate. I am undertaking two rehabilitation sessions a day: Two hours in the morning and another two in the afternoon. The physiotherapists give a deep massage to loosen up my ankle area and stop it from stiffening. They also get me to move my ankle about to help with the drainage and prevent blood clots. They have applied neurotape in order to bandage me up but ensure more freedom of movement. Thanks to everybody’s hard work, the recovery process is coming along very quickly, although we can’t get ahead of ourselves and recognise how big an injury this is. I am happy and in good spirits, hoping to continue like this every day. I haven’t counted, but I must have some fifty staples on the line of incision. I’ve been walking on crutches since the day after the operation, supporting myself on the heel and part of the ball of my feet. I am progressively gaining confidence.”
Source: Aspar Media
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