Cape Town - Team Dimension Data’s Bernhard Eisel has undergone successful
surgical decompression of a chronic subdural haematoma on the brain.
The lesion was a late complication of his crash on Stage 5 of the Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this year.
A chronic subdural haematoma is an accumulation of blood beneath the protective layer around the brain, the dura mater.
The bleeding occurs slowly over a number of weeks and eventually the
collection of clotted blood puts pressure on the brain, thereby causing
symptoms. Eisel had a CAT scan of the brain immediately after his crash
but no intracranial bleed was present at that time.
Eisel thought he was suffering from severe allergies late last week and
was struggling to train. Upon a follow-up consult by the medical team,
he revealed that his symptoms included a severe headache. An urgent MRI
scan of the brain was ordered in light of his recent trauma, revealing
Surgery was required to evacuate the collection, releasing the pressure.
The team confirmed that the surgery was successfully carried out on
Monday at the Maria Hilf Private Clinic in Klagenfurt, Austria, with no
Eisel will be able to begin with light training on the turbo trainer in
two weeks and hopefully a return to full outdoor training in four weeks
after a follow-up MRI.
“Firstly, I want to get healthy, take my time and if the doctors give me
the go-ahead I will consider when is best to return on my bike,” said
"I still enjoy riding my bike but this was a massive thing that happened
to my body. If you have an operation on your brain it certainly makes
you think twice about things but at the moment I will just follow the
recommendations of our team doctors.
“At the moment I am feeling good and looking forward to leaving the hospital and spending some time with family.”