The Trail Blazers announced Thursday afternoon that Brandon Roy will undergo arthroscopic surgery on both knees, with no return date set. The press release (Blazersedge link) indicates that team orthopedic surgeon Don Roberts will perform the operation next week.
There was speculation last week that Roy was looking into some sort of meniscus transplantation, but Kerry Eggers reported today that the expert in such procedures Roy flew to the Bay Area to see, Chicago Bulls team doctor Brian Cole, advised the team against going through with that surgery.
Given that Roy had been favoring his left knee heavily this season to compensate for his lack of confidence in his surgically-repaired right one, and also that the upcoming lockout and labor negotiations will probably table much if not all of the 2011-12 season, the decision to have both knees operated on instead of just the right one is probably the best call. I’m not sure how much arthroscopic surgery will help Roy, given that he has no cartilage left in his right knee, but he has said that the main thing factor that keeps him from playing for long periods of time is the soreness, so cleaning both knees up this way may prove somewhat effective.
The team’s website posted a video interview with Roy talking about the options the team explored before deciding to operate on both knees. Roy seems to be in good spirits, at least as much as is possible for a 26-year-old three-time All-Star who has just been told he may not be able to play basketball for a year or more.
It’s probably a stretch to think that Roy will return at full strength, but we’ll have to trust the Blazers’ front office and medical staff in their decision-making process here.