Jan 3, 2011, 5:32 PM EST
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.
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