Bono was injured while riding his bike in Central Park over the weekend, and his injuries seem to be pretty severe. Rolling Stone reports that the U2 singer was in surgery for five hours following the accident and that he suffered 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 his upper arm.” Dean Lorich, the orthopedic trauma surgeon who treated Bono, told Rolling Stone that he’ll “require intensive and progressive therapy,” but that he should make a full recovery. Because of the injury, the band had to postpone their scheduled week-long residency on Jimmy Fallon and it’s unclear how Bono’s injury will impact the band’s tour behind Songs Of Innocence, though dates for that have not been announced yet. Read the full statement from Bono’s surgeon 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