Rodrigo Nogueira Undergoes Successful Surgery

December 19, 2011
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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira could be back in the Octagon much sooner than originally anticipated, although he was unable to avoid surgery as originally anticipated.

Nogueira had the humerus of his right arm broken when he waited too long to tap out to a Frank Mir Kimura (shoulder lock) at UFC 140 in Toronto.

Following a visit to doctors in Los Angeles, it was originally believed that Nogueira could avoid surgery, using a removable splint and ultrasonic treatment on a daily basis. After a few days of seeing little progress, Nogueira and his camp sought out further opinions, which pointed to the need for surgery to repair the fracture.

Nogueira on Saturday had surgery done at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., the same clinic where he had two successful hip surgeries. Dr. Tom Hackett performed the surgery, fixing the fracture with a plate and 16 screws.

Prior to surgery, Nogueira had very little strength in his hand and no strength in his thumb, due to the radial nerve being pinched by the fractured bone. Hackett also treated the nerve during surgery, and less than 12 hours later, Nogueira already had functionality returning to his hand.

“If all goes well, (Nogueira) will start full training in the coming months and should be 100-percent to fight in six months or less,” said Dr. Hackett on the Nogueira Brothers’ website. “We anticipate a full and complete recovery.”

That is much better than the original prognosis of Nogueira being out of action for nine months.

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  • Hope he has a speedy recovery and suffers no long lasting effects.

    • lonniebatt

      Man thats a bad ass injury dont bet on it esp at his age!!!

  • Didn’t he know? That mouth of his claiming to be sick, when Mir beat his a*s the first time. What, he thought Mir was going to let him slide? Mir almost fu*ked up, by seeing what Nog had planned, but he soon came out of that, didn’t he? Never talk trash about your opponent. Especially after he already beat you once. That arm broke, didn’t it? Oops! Can’t blame for that. No one is invincible. Talking that trash. Big mouth and all. Got what was coming. Now I hope he heals up fine and gets back in the Octagon. I love watching him fight. That guy has heart and his stand up skills are much better than most Brazilians IMO. His ground game is tops. Just not the top. ouch!

    • lonniebatt

      you know that this Hugh loss has to have a giagantic mental impact on Nogeria especially after talking all that stuff about submitting Mir.. boy his head has to be wacked after this

  • lonniebatt

    as much as you may want to believe he is not going to be back that quick,, NO WAY. I have been training with a guy and he had the very same injury and he was younger and a much better physical specimen than Big Nog and he was out for 18 months and he isnt a pro fighter,,,, it was hard to watch this fella and his rehab it didnt go that well and I do not believe that Nogeria is a 12 month better healer than anybody…..