Rolling Stone magazine has revealed that the U2 front man had a “high energy bicycle accident” when he swerved to avoid another rider that necessitated five hours of surgery.
He was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's Emergency Department and was diagnosed with 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. The humerus fracture was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin."
According to orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich, MD, "[Bono] was taken emergently to the operating room...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."
Lorich tells Rolling Stone that Bono will "require intensive and progressive therapy," but "a full recovery is expected."
Now there are fears the injuries could impact the band’s upcoming tour, though no dates have been announced for it yet.
Already a week’s residency at the "Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon was canceled.
Full Statement From Dean Lorich, MD on Bono's Condition:
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 Workup 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 through 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.