Boston Celtics: Surgery


Celtics guard Avery Bradley underwent surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday at New England Baptist Hospital, the second of two procedures aimed at getting him back to full health next season.

Bradley originally had left-shoulder surgery in May, ending his season during the Celtics' playoff run. With that sufficiently healed, he underwent a stabilization procedure on his right side on Tuesday with team physician Dr. Brian McKeon.

The team did not announce a timetable for his return to action.

Earlier this week, Celtics director of player personnel Austin Ainge was not optimistic that Bradley would be ready for the start of the 2012-13 season, which, combined with the departure of Ray Allen, leaves the team searching for depth at shooting guard this offseason.

Bradley elevated to a starting role during his second NBA season and averaged 7.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists over 21.4 minutes per game in 64 appearances (28 starts) last season.

Allen, Pietrus undergo surgery

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Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesSurgery buddies: Mickael Pietrus and Ray Allen underwent surgery Wednesday.
Celtics guards Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus both underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday morning at New England Baptist Hospital, according to the team. Both surgeries were completed by Celtics team physician Dr. Brian McKeon and assisted by Dr. Mark Slovenkai.

Allen went under the knife to remove bone spurs in his right ankle that plagued him from mid-March to the end of the season. Allen missed 15 of the final 20 games of the regular season, and the first two games of the postseason, before grinding out Boston's final 18 playoff games. He averaged 14.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists over 34 minutes per game during the regular season. Allen shot 45.3 percent from 3-point range, which ranked fourth in all of the NBA this past season and was a career-high, besting his previous career-high (44.4 percent, set last season).

Allen was noncommittal about his future and a potential return to Boston after Saturday's Game 7 loss in Miami. He said surgery was his priority.

"That's my first priority, just going into surgery sometime," said Allen. "If I can do it tomorrow, I would do it tomorrow. That's probably my main concern right now, is taking care of that. My body feels good. That's been my only issue. After that, it's hard to say."

For the second straight offseason, Pietrus underwent surgery on his right knee. The original procedure, while still a member of the Phoenix Suns, forced him to miss the first eight games of the 2011-12 season as he rehabbed. The knee flared at times during the 2011-12 season, particularly in periods of heavy activity, and seemed to affect his offensive consistency. Pietrus averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds over 21.9 minutes per game during the regular season.

Said Pietrus back on May 14: "(The knee) is bothering me a little bit, but I told you guys, I’m going to keep going. It’s something I’ll worry about getting done in the summertime. (McKeon) told me he’d take a look at it in the summer. It’s not a big problem -- it’s something that can be resolved in 15 minutes. I look forward to the summer -- after the parade."

Pietrus expressed an interest in returning to the Celtics next season and, by getting the procedure done this early in the offseason, it gives him a better chance of being completely healthy for the start of training camp.

Bradley set for season-ending surgery

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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Celtics second-year shooting guard Avery Bradley will undergo surgery Friday to repair small tears in his left shoulder and miss the remainder of the postseason.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the surgery will be performed by team doctor Brian McKeon.

"Avery Bradley is having surgery today, so he's out for the playoffs," Rivers announced at the beginning of his pre-practice news conference on Friday at the team's practice facility at HealthPoint.

"It's disappointing," Rivers said of losing Bradley. "Obviously when a player goes down that's disappointing, especially on what Avery has given us this year. His growth this year has been terrific, and it's been great, and he's become a very valuable piece to our basketball team."

A league source told ESPNBoston.com on Thursday that Bradley is looking at a four-month rehab and the team hopes he will be able to participate in training camp.

Rivers acknowledged the weight of losing Bradley, particularly on the defensive end.

"Avery's a big blow, yeah, there's no doubt," said Rivers. "If I'm the other guys on any other team, and the fact that I don't have to play against Avery Bradley, I would sleep a little better. No one wants to play against Avery. Our guys don't want to play against him in practice. He's a pain in the [butt] defensively. That's what he does."

Source: Bradley needs shoulder surgery

May, 24, 2012
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Source: Avery Bradley must have shoulder surgery  
Boston Celtics second-year shooting guard Avery Bradley is expected to soon undergo season-ending surgery to repair small tears that have compromised the structure of his ailing left shoulder, according to a league source.

Bradley has endured a number of dislocations during the 2011-12 season, including three in the postseason. After the shoulder came out in a Game 4 loss in Philadelphia, doctors made the determination that it's simply too risky to put him back on the court with the potential for a more serious injury, according to the source. The team has not yet ruled him out for the rest of the postseason, but that decision could come soon.

With surgery unavoidable in order to correct the issues, Bradley is expected to go under the knife as soon as the team determines he's able. According to the source, Bradley is looking at a four-month recovery process, but the hope is that he'll be ready in time for the team's October training camp.

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Rivers' surgery removes benign polyp

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The Celtics sent out a release Tuesday evening confirming coach Doc Rivers had successful surgery to remove a benign polyp from his throat. Hop HERE for more, or check out the release below (with a humorous quote from Rivers):
The Boston Celtics announced today that Head Coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers underwent successful surgery to remove a benign polyp from his throat. He has been informed by doctors that he is cancer free.

“I’m doing great,” said Rivers. “Thank you to everyone for checking in on me. I can’t talk for two weeks which I’m sure makes my players and family extremely happy. On a serious note, I urge all coaches to get their throats checked. We put a lot of stress on our vocal cords during the course of a season.”


West undergoes wrist surgery

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Steve Babineau/NBAE/GettyDelonte West goes up for a layup before sustaining a right wrist injury vs. New Jersey.
Celtics guard Delonte West underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a displaced right wrist fracture, according to the team, but no timetable was announced for his return.

West fractured the wrist in last Wednesday's triumph over the New Jersey Nets, crashing hard to the floor after completing a driving layup shortly before halftime. West fractured the same wrist in January of 2009 and missed 16 games -- and nearly two months of activity -- as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Drew Terrono and Dr. Hervey Kimball, and assisted by Celtics team physician Dr. Brian McKeon at New England Baptist Hospital.

West, who sat out the first 10 games of the season due to suspension, appeared in five games, averaging 6.8 points, 2 assists, and 1.8 rebounds per contest.

Perkins undergoes successful surgery

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Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesKendrick Perkins watches a team practice before Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Celtics center Kendrick Perkins underwent successful surgery Monday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

According to the team, Perkins officially underwent arthroscopic knee ligament reconstruction with meniscal repair at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.

Surgery was performed by team physician Dr. Brian McKeon and assisted by Dr. John Richmond and Jason Rand, PAC.

The Celtics did not disclose a timetable for his return, but Perkins suggested he would be sidelined for five to six months after the procedure, which would peg his return at sometime in January or February of 2011.

Boston is set to sign free agent center Jermaine O'Neal, who will likely serve as the team's starting center until Perkins is healthy.

Now in his seventh season in Boston, Perkins averaged a career-best 10.1 points per game to go along with 7.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game last year. The Celtics will miss his defense, but are hopeful to have him back on the court with plenty of time to ramp up before season's end.

Perkins delayed surgery until Monday to allow the knee to strengthen and hoping to reduce recovery time, according to Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

"I guess the philosophy is to get more range of motion, help the swelling, strengthen the glutes and the quads -- all that before surgery," Ainge said Thursday in Orlando. "That gives him a quicker recovery. That's what they're doing now, just rehabbing before surgery."

Perkins' ACL surgery set for Monday

July, 8, 2010
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Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty ImagesKendrick Perkins is set for surgery Monday.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday that Kendrick Perkins will have surgery on his right knee Monday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Perkins and the team have delayed surgery this summer in order to allow time to strengthen the muscles around the knee and speed up Perkins' already lengthy recovery. Perkins and Ainge both previously acknowledged that Boston's center could be sidelined into the new calendar year and will miss the start of the 2010-11 season.

"I guess the philosophy is to get more range of motion, help the swelling, strengthen the glutes and the quads -- all that before surgery," said Ainge. "That gives him a quicker recovery. That's what they're doing now, just rehabbing before surgery."

Perkins suffered the right knee injury chasing an offensive rebound in the first quarter of a Game 6 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals last month. Speaking with the media the next day, he originally diagnosed himself with a tear of the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments, but further testing revealed the more serious ACL tear.

Ainge said it remains unclear the extent of the injuries to the MCL and PCL, but knows the ACL must be repaired.

"I know there were injuries to the other [ligaments] -- to the MCL and the PCL, but I don't know to what extend they need to be surgically repaired," said Ainge. "They might heal on their own as sprains or strains."

Appearing at a Celtics' charity cruise late last month, Perkins indicated he was originally set for surgery Wednesday, but that's been delayed to Monday for further strengthening.

"I feel good, I've been here, trying to strengthen [the ACL] before I go into surgery," Perkins said last month. "I'm working with [team trainer] Ed [Lacerte] -- a lot of leg work and icing trying to get the swelling all the way down, a lot of treatment before I go in for surgery."

Sources indicated the Celtics were set to ink Jermaine O'Neal to a two-year deal Thursday and he's likely to fill Perkins' void as a starter to begin the season.

Perkins, a seventh-year veteran, averaged 10.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game last season as he made another big step in his development.

Giddens undergoes knee surgery

February, 2, 2010
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Boston Celtics guard J.R. Giddens underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday at the New England Baptist Hospital, according to the team. The surgery was performed by team physician Brian McKeon.

No timetable has been set for Giddens' return, but he indicated Sunday that he is expecting to miss a month.

Giddens, the Celtics' first-round draft choice (30th overall) in 2008, has appeared in 21 games this season. He was injured on assignment with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League when he landed awkwardly while nearly being upended on a dunk attempt against the Utah Flash on Jan. 25.

Giddens, who had tweaked the knee the game before against Bakersfield, underwent tests that revealed a slight tear in the meniscus. Despite the setback, Giddens was trying to stay positive.

"It's a bummer, but you sit back and look for a positive," said Giddens. "I can work on other areas of my body and maybe my legs can be stronger than before."

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