We knew that Bono canceled his weeklong residency with U2 on The Tonight Show due to a bike spill, which led to surgery.
What wasn’t known was how dangerous that fall was.
New York’s Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where Bono was treated, has revealed the singer underwent not one, but two surgical procedures, reports the BBC. On Sunday, his arm fracture involved a five-hour operation and was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws. On Monday, Bono had surgery on his left hand.
The band revealed on its website Monday that Bono had “injured his arm in a cycling spill.” In a statement, the hospital expanded on the incident, saying that Bono was involved in “a high-energy bicycle accident when he attempted to avoid another rider.”
The singer’s serious injuries include 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 latter injury was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin, reports Rolling Stone. “He will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected,” said orthopaedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich in the hospital’s statement.
It’s been a tough month for Bono. Just last week a rear door fell off the private plane he was traveling in as it prepared to land in Berlin.