Friday, July 1, 2011
Kobe Bryant undergoes knee procedure
By Brian Kamenetzky
UPDATE: To learn more about PRP, click on the podcast module on the right. Dr. Robert Klapper, Director of the Joint Replacement Program and orthopaedic surgeon at Cedars-Sinai hospital in L.A. Very informative.
Called platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP), it uses a patient's own blood, drawn then spun through a centrifuge to isolate platelets and other growth factors before being injected back into the injured area. Bryant joins an increasingly long list of athletes who have given PRP a whirl, including Tiger Woods, Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu, and Cliff Lee. Plus a bunch of soccer players, something Kobe surely appreciates.
Perhaps he had the procedure in mind at his exit interview, when speaking about how the extended summer afforded the chance to get stronger. Or maybe he has a particular interest in the German health care system. Either way, hopefully it works for him, and Bryant can come back stronger next year. Between the team's early postseason exit and the lockout, Bryant has the time to get his body working as well as it can after over 1,300 regular season and playoff games. Call it a silver lining, but an important one for sure.
The Lakers, if they want to operate at their most efficient in what will be a very important 2011-12 season relative to questions about the team's future, don't just need him healthy for games but practices, too.