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Expecting The Worst For Stoudemire

I’m just trying to shed some light on a very negative possible outcome for Amare Stoudemire.

First, let’s take a step back in time. In 2005, while playing for the Phoenix Suns, Amare Stoudemire underwent a microfracture surgery to repair damage to his injured left knee. The Suns were made aware of the injury through an MRI, but resisted surgery at first, resorting to treatment and rest.

Thomas Carter, the surgeon who performed the surgery, said that, “the surgery went well and other than the defect that we treated today, Amare’s knee is remarkably and structurally healthy.”

If you’re wondering what microfracture surgery is, Richard Steadman, the pioneer of the surgery, put it like this: “(the) goal is to recreate the structures of the knee that protect it from impact and provide stability.” Basically, when Stoudemire underwent the surgery in 2005, his knee lacked cartilage, so his bones were rubbing up against each other – an action that would definitely cause some discomfort, or “soreness.”

Now, back to present day.

After last week’s pre-season game with the Toronto Raptors in Montreal, it was learned that Amare Stoudemire has a ruptured cyst in his left knee, which was reported as an injury that would hold him out for two-to-four weeks. No surgery, just treatment and rest. We’re about one week into that estimation, but today it was leanred that Stoudemire will be headed to another doctor in order to get a second opinion, thanks to a report from the Daily News.

Guess which doctor Stoudmire is headed to in order to get a second opinion? Yeah, Dr. Carter, the same doctor that operated on Stoudemire in 2005.

While a microfracture surgery can be successful, there’s a timetable on it – usually five years. Paul Coro reminds us that, “this is past the time a microfracture could be expected to hold up.” Also worth noting, Coro said that Sarver’s contract offer to Stoudemire in 2010, “required Stoudemire to play a certain amount of games [this year] to get max money,” since the risk of needing another surgery is so much greater.

Sure, Stoudemire could be headed to Dr. Carter because he feels comfortable with him, but it could also because Stoudemire recognizes the pain he feels, since it’s the same thing that happened in 2005. Remember, this is the exact same knee that underwent the surgery almost exactly seven years ago.

Yes, at this point, this is all blind speculation, but I’m just trying to prepare you all for the worst, another microfracture surgery, since as Knicks fans, it seems like that’s just what we get: the worst news possible.

  • riteaid

    He’s getting a second opinion which most players do when they get injured. Crazy idea, why not go to the doctor who performed his successful microfracture surgery? Look I understand his knees are possibly ticking timebooms but, lets wait and see how good/bad the situation really is with the allotted timetable.

  • Spike Allen

    Amar’e had microfracture surgery on his right knee, not his left.