INDIANAPOLIS (December 11,2002) - Herdez Competition driver Mario Dominguez underwent surgery last Wednesday (December 4) in Indianapolis to repair damage to his shoulder caused during this season.
The injury, not caused by a single incident but rather by repetitive use, was originally diagnosed during 2002 pre-season testing. Dominguez was treated during the 2002 season with a combination of physical therapy and customization of the HANS (Head and Neck Support) device, supervised by CART's Chief Orthopedic Consultant, Dr. Terry Trammell. However, after review by Dr. Trammell, Dr. Scott Lintner of Orthopedics Indianapolis and a orthopedic specialist in Houston, it was determined that Dominguez required surgery to completely correct the problem.
Outpatient arthroscopic surgery was performed on Dominguez in Indianapolis by Dr. Lintner and, after post-operative checks, he was released to return to his home in Mexico City for recovery. His recuperation program will include a rigorous physical therapy program, which will begin in the next week.
Dr. Trammell is confident of a complete recovery in time for the beginning of the 2003 testing season in early January. "We'll be monitoring his rehabilitation program by phone over the next month", Trammell said. "Unless he develops any sort of unforeseen problem, I expect to see him next at CART's Sneak Preview test in early February."
"I'm a little sore", Dominguez said on Friday, "but nothing more than I expected. This injury has been an issue all year long and I'm really pleased to complete the surgery and be on the road to recovery. My shoulder caused me quite a lot of pain during this season and I'm confident that this procedure will restore the range of motion as well as the strength that I need in that joint."