The team's sprinter, injured in l'Etoile de Bessèges last Friday, will face a lengthy rehabilitation.
Matteo Moschetti underwent a successful surgery of reduction and fixation of the acetabular fracture this Tuesday, February 11th, in Bergamo, and will begin his rehabilitation program in a few days.
Dr. Gaetano Daniele, Trek-Segafredo head physician, met Wednesday with Dr. Mario Arduini, Orthopedic coordinator of the Pelvic Traumatology Service of the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, who performed the surgery and confirmed that there were no complications during the operation.
The crash that occurred last Friday, February 7th, during the third stage of the French race l’Etoile de Bessèges resulted in several additional injuries to the 23-year old Italian rider, including a left scapula nondisplaced fracture, a rib fracture, avulsion of the spinous and transverse apophyses of some dorsal and lumbar vertebrae. These supplementary injuries should not, however, delay the rehabilitation of the pelvic fracture.
This accident was a bad blow, I can't deny it, but now that the operation has been successful and I have the green light to start rehabilitation, I feel relieved.
“This accident was a bad blow, I can’t deny it, but now that the operation has been successful and I have the green light to start rehabilitation, I feel relieved,” Moschetti said.
“After a 2019 season conditioned by bad luck, I had hoped to have put it behind me. The start of the season had been remarkable. But now all I can do is to look forward, stay optimistic and pro-active. The warmth and support of all those close to me, first and foremost my family, my girlfriend and the team, gives me enormous strength. A huge thank you to Dr. Arduini and the Humanitas Gavazzeni team for what they have done and what they will do for me.”
In his rehabilitation process, Moschetti will initially be followed by the Humanitas Gavazzeni Physiatrics team for about two weeks, so that Dr. Arduini can closely monitor the work of the physiotherapists. In a couple of days, the Trek-Segafredo sprinter should be able to start loading the limb and, in an additional four days, start using the exercise bike.
The next phase of rehabilitation will continue for another five-six weeks in a specialized center where the rehabilitation treatment will be supplemented by a gradual increase in activity on the bike.
“For complex cases like Matteo’s, the time needed for a complete recovery is very subjective and linked to numerous variables which, in this initial phase, cannot be exactly determined. We can hypothesize that by mid, or the end of May at most, Matteo should be able to resume training,” explained Dr. Daniele.