Minotauro Nogueira's arm "fixed" with 16 screws and one titanium platePosted on December 19, 2011, 11:25 AM by Anton Gurevich
Despite early reports of not requiring a surgery, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira after all decided to go under the knife to fix the damage suffered during the UFC 140 encounter with Frank Mir. Big Nog tapped out to Frank Mir's Kimura lock not until his arm was broken in two above the elbow, in what was without a doubt one of the most gruesome injuries seen inside the UFC Octagon.
Big Nog’s right arm required 16 screws and a titanium plate, as the thirty-five year old veteran sets himself on a 6-month recovery track. Nogueira is expected to return sometime inside June, with sights on continuing his illustrious Mixed Martial Arts career.
Here's the report as it was posted on nogueirabrothers.com.br:
Big Nog, who received a 60-day medical suspension last Tuesday, had 16 screws inserted into his arm when he underwent surgery on Saturday.
"Mr. Nogueira suffered a complex fracture to his humerus," Dr. Tom R. Hackett wrote on the Nogueira brothers' blog (Nogueirabrothers.com.br). "The fracture began in the middle of the bone and extended to the elbow region. Unfortunately, the radial nerve [one of the main nerves lending a feeling of power to the hands] was damaged. The nerve is located in the area of the fracture, and the bone compressed it. Before the operation, he had very little strength in his hand and no strength whatsoever in his thumb.
"The operation involved an incision behind the arm. The nerve was removed from the location of the fracture and treated. The fracture was fixed with a plate and 16 screws, and now, less than 12 hours post-op, his hand functions are returning and the bone is mending.
"If all goes well, he'll be back to full training in the coming months and should be 100% to fight in six months or less. We foresee him making a complete and full recovery."