Kobe Bryant Undergoes Innovative Procedure to Help Right Knee

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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.

David Brickley is a columnist for LakerNation.com and the host of Voice of the Nation, the most listened to Lakers podcast on the web. Find him on Twitter.
  • Azuler

    If it helps Kobe, I might go to germany too

  • Lyadao

    Kobe is a true warrior in the nba. He puts his body through such rigorous training that’s second to none. I hope the surgery is successful.

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  • Mike

    First of all this isn’t surgery, it’s more like running a special fluid through the knee joint to stimulate healing. Secondly, everyone keeps proclaiming this “innovative” (I guess this is how it goes in the world of retweets and linking). I guess it is news any time Kobe undergoes an invasive procedure (ask Tom Brady how bad a joint infection can be) but Tiger Woods already did this 2-3 years ago and his doctor (also foreign, in Canada) was linked with HGH. Plus I don’t believe that platelet rich therapy has ever proven to be any better than placebo/saline washes.

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  • laffsatu

    did he fly his helicopter over there?

  • TheNolanater

    Kobe’s been hurt several times none of which I think has fully healed. He needs to have surgery if needed and focus on getting 100%. Not just saying you feel good and like like your 100% because of the warrior you are.
    With this lockout at hand and it looks way worse then the NFL lockout. The NFL made tons of money their problems are a stupid one how to split that money. The NBA some teams are actually losing money. So, the NBA needs to figure out how to find a middle ground and any middle ground will be both sides giving in a huge way. Which is why I can actually see the NBA not getting a deal done on time and missing out on 20 something games of the season.
    This isn’t a topic on the lockout I know. BUT,
    Because, of what I said about the lockout, I say this in a matter to show if Kobe needs surgery to be 100% he should get that taken care of now cause of the extra non playing time I believe he’ll have cause of the lockout.
    I want to see him take care of his knee now and his fingers as well. Take the time to get 100% now he may actually extend his career 2 or 3 more seasons then he would have if he doesn’t.
    I honestly think Kobe has 4 years left but 6 or 7 if he focuses on getting 100% now.

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    I Hope he is gonna be ok.God bless he’m,♥

  • Lakers 24 7

    Kobe’s gonna have a fresh knee and we’re not gonna be able to see him perform ’cause the fucking NBA is in a lockout. Smh.

    • TheNolanater

      the lockout for Laker fans is a blessing in disguise really the more time off the more time Kobe has to get 100% and we all know Bynum could use this time to improve his knees as well

  • laffsatu

    so he`s not doing colorado this time….wonder why?