Kobe Bryant has had three knee procedures since 2003, and according to the LA Times he went to Germany last month to try out a new procedure. The innovative procedure could add some new tissue to his troublesome right knee:
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has taken an unusual step to try to strengthen his ailing right knee, undergoing an innovative procedure in Germany about a month ago, according to four people familiar with the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly.
The treatment is called platelet-rich plasma therapy. PRP procedures are less invasive than many surgeries involving the knee and are viewed as either an emerging solution to knee problems or a financial gamble on unproven science.
Back in May, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti talked about Kobe’s Knee problem. Vitti said that he has a “articulating cartilage problem” adding that, “Kobe doesn’t have an arthritic knee, but he has a knee that has some joint degeneration to it.”
Only time will tell if the PHP will work for Bryant. Regardless, it looks like Bryant is willing to try new technology, and go to great lengths to preserve his body and continue to play at an elite level.