ESPN reports that Rajon Rondo is looking for multiple opinions on his torn ACL. About a week ago, it was reported that Rondo was Rondo would get a second opinion from James Andrews, but even with that done he’s still seeking more information.
Rondo doesn’t want to jump into surgery with his ACL and wants to do the procedure that will do the least damage. With ACL surgery, tissue must be taken or borrowed from another muscle and its used to surgically repair the ACL.
Reports say that Rondo has already recieved the opinon from Dr. James Andrews who worked with Adrian Peterson and also worked with Robert Griffin, III on his ACL also. He’s also gotten an opinion from Vali, Colo., surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman and is also working with Celtics physician Brian McKeon.
Depending on where you take tissue from, there can be certain side effects. It can result in chronic hamstring problems, tendenitis in knees, and other knee malfunctions. Rondo is trying to be as careful as possible when performing his surgery and is looking for none other than the best to do so.
The ACL is partially torn according to Bill Duffy, Rondo’s agent, so Rondo is going to be out for the remainder of the season. However, he is expected to be ready for the beginning of training camp.
Danny Ainge had a bit more to say about the procedures that Rondo is looking at right now:
“One doctor will tell you, ‘You need to use the patella tendon,’ and another will say, ‘Basketball players who use the patella will have tendinitis when they come back,’” Ainge said. “And another doctor will say, ‘When we get in there, we’ll be able to see if we can attach the hamstring, and sometimes intertwine that with a cadaver tendon.’ There’s a lot of different methods, and I think Rajon is just trying to figure out which is best for him.”
The Celtics are 6-0 without Rajon, so there’s obviously no rush for him to get back. But when he does come back the Celtics want him at full strength and ready to go with as little issues as possible. Its great that he’s getting multiple opinions on his knee–being proactive is the key to making sure he has a long and healthy career.