By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira ultimately did end up needing surgery for the broken arm he suffered against Frank Mir at UFC 140 this month. His first doctor's visit suggested surgery may not be necessary, but after more consultations Nogueira underwent a procedure on Saturday, getting 16 screws put in his arm. Dr. Tom R. Hackett explained the injury and what needed to be done in a post on the Nogueira brothers' blog (via ESPN UK):
"Mr. Nogueira suffered a complex fracture to his humerus. 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."