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Brandon Roy considers knee operation, chance to be next Tommy John

Jan 3, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

Brandon Roy

It’s called the Tommy John surgery because the long-time pitcher was the first to have a ligament from somewhere else in his body put in his elbow then return to be a quality major league starting pitcher.

How about the Brandon Roy surgery?

According to the Portland Tribune (via CBS Facts & Rumors), Roy is going to meet with a renowned surgeon to discuss an operation to transplant meniscus into his ailing left knee — where there is none, Roy is basically bone-on-bone — could work for him.

The orthopedic expert is the team doctor for one of the NBA’s other 29 teams. I’m not at liberty to report his name, but he has experience in meniscus transplantation.

The procedure has been performed on some professional athletes who have retired, such as football player Marshall Faulk. It has never been done on an active pro player, however.

That this is being discussed is just an indication of how bad Roy’s knees are. Well, that and him being out indefinitely might be a sign. The right knee has been problematic this season as well, but Roy thinks that may be more out of compensation for the troublesome left knee. Either way, the Blazers are leaving no stone unturned looking for an option to get Roy back to being Roy.

  1. zblott - Jan 3, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    If Roy is out for a while, the Blazers will only get better and improve in the Power Rankings. They don’t know how to play with an injured star (give him the ball in tough situation?).

  2. goforthanddie - Jan 3, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Portland’s done well w/o Roy. Dare I say, it’s more a team effort now? Which is good; surgery or not, BRoy’s no longer The Man.

  3. hungrybear22 - Jan 3, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Is microfracture not an option, it seems like that would be a more proven surgery than this.

    • secdominance - Jan 3, 2011 at 9:59 PM

      microfracture surgery is used to repair cartilage. He doesn’t have any in his left knee. He needs a ligament to reduce the friction his knee is getting.

  4. irreparabiletempus - Jan 3, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    lets hope it works.

  5. hnirobert3 - Jan 4, 2011 at 7:35 AM

    Feel bad for this guy. It’s a shame when great athletes like he and Yao Ming are consistently injured, when guys like Eddy Curry average 63 games/season.

  6. BC - Jan 4, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Ow. Mommy.

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