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Report: Joakim Noah underwent surgery to remove cartilage in knee

May 19, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

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With Derrick Rose, the Bulls have seen enough knee surgeries to MVP candidates to last a lifetime.

Maybe it’s bad luck. Maybe it’s overuse. Maybe it’s style.

Whatever the issue(s), Chicago is dealing with more of it – this time with Joakim Noah.

Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago:

Noah, whose recent “minor” arthroscopic surgery on his right knee involved some cartilage being removed, according to multiple sources

Having cartilage removed doesn’t sound minor, but I’m no doctor. So, I asked one for his opinion based on the excerpt above.

The always-fantastic Benjamin Wedro of MD Direct:

The cartilage in the knee is either C or O shaped. The cartilage can be damaged when it is pinched by the femur when the knee joint flexes and trusts. The edge of the C or O can shred, and the operation to remove the cartilage really means trimming the edge so it becomes smoother.

The injury can be acute or chronic. In the chronic injury, there is degeneration and wafting away of the cartilage tissue. It is a bigger deal when parts of the remaining cartilage is removed.

It may be relatively minor, but there is no such thing as minor surgery. The risk of developing arthritis later in life increases.

This doesn’t sound like a big deal unless it becomes a big deal. For now, it’s probably just something to keep in the back of your mind in case Noah looks off next season.

Unless you’re Tom Thibodeau. Then, maybe it should be at the forefront of your mind as you consider how minutes per game Noah should play.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - May 19, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    “Sounds minor to me… more minutes for Joe…” – Thibs

  2. cantonbound13 - May 19, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Derek Rose will miss all of next season after Noah had surgery.

    • apkyletexas - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      Derek who?

  3. ringjames - May 19, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Did Dwyane Wade have this same procedure done when he was at Marquette? I remember, he said he regret ever going through with it because it makes your knee more fragile and injuries will linger. This could be bad for the Noah in a long run, let’s just hope he doesn’t get a knee bruise. Because he will miss time.

    • terrence1922 - May 21, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      No Wade had his miniscus removed which is why his knee has had so many problems. If he had got it repaired like westbrook then his career could’ve been extended and he wouldn’t go through what he is currently enduring so it was basically his own fault.

  4. fnc111 - May 19, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Hoping Phil Jackson hires Thibs as the next NYK coach. What good did it do Chicago to not tank this last season? Injure your most reliable player for no reason. I can see why management and Tom don’t get along. Bulls are stuck in AverageVille for a while now. No good FAs will come and now you get a trash pick in the draft to line up with guys that have trash knees. Good job Thibs . Please Phil take him from us Bulls fans!

    • mackcarrington - May 19, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Thibs didn’t play or coach under Phil. Even if he was available, Phil wouldn’t give him a sniff.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - May 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Who’s cartilage did they find in Noah’s knee? I don’t know why but I picture the only bad cartilage in Noah’s knee to be a fallen enemy’s cartilage… like when Dirk had Carl Landy’s teeth lodged in his elbow.

  6. spyder9669 - May 20, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    wade had his meniscus removed instead of repaired. it causes you to come back quicker and need less maintenance on the knee but also shortens a career. eric bledsoe did the same thing.

  7. chicagosports2014 - May 20, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    Get well soon Joah!

  8. 6thsense10 - May 20, 2014 at 4:02 AM

    I had the same thing done to my knees. It is minor but degenerative. For me cartilage kept breaking off and multiple “minor” surgeries were needed to clean it out. Worse case would have been bone on bone from lost of cartilage so had to stop most activities that had high impact to the knees.

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