Rock band U2 were forced to cancel a week long gig on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon after their frontman Bono was injured in what they described as merely a “cycling spill” and stated he would require surgery.
While surgery means the injury was severe, a doctor recently revealed that the injury was much more severe than the group made it seem in their statement.
Orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich disclosed more details about the accident and the consequent surgery to Rolling Stone magazine stating it initially took five hours of surgery and then a second operation the next day to treat the singer’s injuries.
Lorich stated the accident was not just a “cycling spill” as they are referring to it as a “high energy bicycle accident,” which occurred when Bono attempted to avoid another rider.
While it was announced he would require surgery on his arm, it turns out the injuries were much more extensive than initially thought, including 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 which the bone shattered and even tore through his skin.
The five hour surgery he immediately underwent after being rushed to the hospital required three metal plates and 18 screws, while the second operation had to be done to fix a fractured finger on his left hand.
As a result Lorich stated that Bono “will require intensive and progressive therapy [but] a full recovery is expected.”
U2 were supposed to be promoting their newest album Songs of Innocence which they planned to begin touring for, but they have not commented on how Bono’s injury and recovery will affect the tour plans.
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