Amare Stoudemire (has) Surgery on Knee (again)
The panic button was pushed by Suns fans around the country yesterday when they heard that Amaré Stoudemire was going in for knee surgery today. But everyone can take a collective deep breath because STAT is doing just fine.
The All-NBA performer underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee this morning, removing a small loose body that had broken off from his joint. The cause of the floating debris was attributed to the normal wear and tear of playing competitive basketball.
“It was a routine procedure," General Manager Steve Kerr said. "Everything that the doctor expected to see is exactly what he saw. Amaré is coming down Thursday and starting rehab immediately. We expect to see him back on the court in two and a half to three weeks. There is no reason for concern.” More from Suns.com
Original Post (10/1/07)
Ok, before you freak out and think Amare's out for another year, realize that this procedure is on his right knee and not on the left one which forced him out. STAT reportedly has loose particles in his right knee that the Suns would rather take care of now instead of waiting. This is the same surgery that Suns guard Raja Bell had just a few months ago.
"It's a procedure that Raja (Bell) just went through just to clean it up," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We have time to do it so we thought let's go ahead and get it done."
If I recall correctly, didn't the Suns think they were doing a minor surgery the last time around also? And Stoudemire ends up missing the entire season after having microfracture surgery.
Team orthopedic surgeon Thomas Carter will perform the operation.
There was no mention of the impending surgery, by Stoudemire or anyone else, during the team's media day gathering on Monday. The plans were revealed in a news release issued by the team Monday evening.
The Suns, without Stoudemire, traveled by bus Monday to Tucson, where they begin a six-day training camp on Tuesday at the University of Arizona's McKale Center.
Amare is suppose to miss just a few weeks, so the Suns should be close to full-strength when they open the season against the Sonics.