Report: Kobe Bryant undergoes knee procedure
Kobe Bryant has undergone a procedure in Germany to try to
strengthen his arthritic right knee, according to a report.
Citing four unidentified sources familiar with the situation,
The Los Angeles Times on Friday reported that the Lakers superstar
had a procedure about a month ago that is a derivation of
platelet-rich plasma therapy. The Times says PRP procedures are
less invasive than many surgeries involving the knee.
Bryant, who turns 33 next month, has been bothered in recent
seasons by an arthritic joint in his right knee. He has undergone
three other knee procedures since 2003, including surgery last July
to remove unspecified loose bodies.
Bryant sat out a majority of the Lakers’ practices this past
season and saw his scoring, shooting percentage and minutes
decrease in his 15th NBA season. He has three years and $83.5
million left on his contract with the Lakers.
Bryant declined to comment to the Times.
The Lakers cited the lockout, which prevents teams from
discussing players, in declining to comment Friday on Bryant’s
reported knee procedure.
In the PRP procedure, which takes about an hour, a small amount
of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm and spun in a centrifuge
for about 20 minutes to isolate platelets. With guidance from
ultrasound, the platelets are then injected into the injured area
to try to stimulate tissue repair.
Tennis star Rafael Nadal, golfer Tiger Woods and Pittsburgh
Steelers receiver Hines Ward reportedly have undergone PRP
treatments for their knees.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com