Posted May 08, 2013

Lakers’ Pau Gasol to undergo procedure in both knees

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Pau Gasol will have a procedure to alleviate knee tendinitis on Thursday. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Pau Gasol will have a procedure to alleviate knee tendinitis on Thursday. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol will undergo a FAST Technique on Thursday to assuage tendonitis the Spaniard has in both knees, the Lakers said on Wednesday. According to the team, the FAST Technique “uses a probe inserted into the knee which directs ultrasonic energy to eliminate scar tissue without damaging healthy tissue.” The procedure is set to be done in Los Angeles by Dr. Steven Yoon and a timetable for Gasol’s return will be determined following the procedure.

The FAST Technique is considered to be a noninvasive procedure that lasts roughly 15 minutes and a normal recovery time is approximately six weeks.

Gasol set career-low’s in games played (49) and games started (42) while averaging a career-worst in points-per-game (13.7). Gasol missed 33 games during the regular season with myriad injuries including balky knees, a concussion and torn plantar fascia.


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