Donor Radial Head Potentially Saved Professional Supercross’ Career

Instead of replacing the missing bone with a metal prosthetic, Viola closes the incision and places Roczen on the transplant list for a living cadaveric radial head, a progressive idea that could save his career but will extend his recovery time indefinitely as he waits for a donor. “The careers of a lot of the best motocross racers ended with a scaphoid or wrist or elbow injury,” Wirdeman says. “Ten years ago, Ken would have been done.”

This is a very inspirational story about how a donor radial head potentially saved the career of Supercross’ Ken Roczen. Many years ago, it would be possible that his career would have been done. Even with the surgery, it took a lot of hard work and determination for him to get back into the sport and to be competitive again.

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