LA Times: Kobe Bryant undergoes a different kind of knee procedure

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17: Guard Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands with his finger wrapped and knee in a brace during the game against the Phoenix Suns in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan has reported that Kobe underwent an "experimental" knee procedure in Germany a month ago.

The Los Angeles Times:

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 a derivation of 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.    

Hmmm?  I'm sure most of you are reading the words "gamble" and "unproven" and have instantly hit the worried switch.  What is platelet-rich plasma therapy?

The PRP procedure is fairly simple and takes about an hour.

A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient's arm and spun in a centrifuge for about 20 minutes to isolate platelets. With guidance from ultrasound, the platelets are then injected into the injured area to try to stimulate tissue repair.    

Doesn't seem so bad.  With 3 years / $83.5 million left on his contract, of course there is cause for some concern.  It's not my money, so I'm not worried about that part right now.  I only want to see my favorite player last forever.  What's new?  

Just so you know, two of the best in the world at their professions have undergone this procedure.  One of them is better than ever, but younger.  The other?  Closer to Kobe's age, and currently still hurt.  So there's that.  Want to know more?  Click the link and read the rest.  Discuss here.

P.S. Does a lockout mean players aren't subject to HGH rules?  I'm just saying, I won't tell.  Haha.

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