Bono Underwent Five Hours of Surgery to Repair Cycling Accident Injuries

Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE via Getty ImagesTurns out that “cycling spill” Bono took last Sunday in New York’s Central Park was a bit more serious than initially revealed.  The U2 frontman underwent more than five hours of surgery over two days to repair multiple, serious injuries.

According to a statement from the trauma surgeon who operated on Bono at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Hospital for Special Surgery, which was provided to Rolling Stone, Bono underwent immediate surgery Sunday to repair his left humerus -- that’s the upper arm bone -- which had reportedly broken in six places and was “driven through his skin.”  Bono also broke his left shoulder blade in three places.

Those injuries required three metal places and 18 screws to repair in five total hours of surgery Sunday.  Monday, Bono underwent additional surgery to repair his fractured left pinky finger.  He also fractured his left eye socket.

The statement notes Bono was involved in a “high-energy bicycle accident when he attempted to avoid another rider.”  There’s no word on the other rider’s condition.  As for Bono, the statement concludes he “will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected.”

U2 was forced to cancel this week's planned residency on The Tonight Show because of the accident.

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