Joel Embiid Undergoes Minor Surgery
The Sixers have announced that rookie center Joel Embiid had successful minor arthroscopic surgery to address a meniscus tear in his left knee on Friday. It was previously announced he would need season ending surgery, but all signs point to a quick recovery.
The Sixers sent out a press release on Friday:
Today, Sixers center Joel Embiid underwent successful minor arthroscopic surgery to address a meniscus tear in his left knee. The surgery was performed by renowned surgeon Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, in conjunction with Sixers Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jonathan Glashow and Sixers Head Physician Dr. Christopher Dodson.
Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, M.D.:"The overall status of Joel’s lateral meniscus and his cartilage is very good. Today's procedure focused on removing a small portion of the meniscus that was responsible for his symptoms. The recovery program that has been established targets Joel transitioning back to full weight-bearing in approximately two weeks, at which point a conservative approach to his rehabilitation will be introduced."Sixers Director Of Performance Research & Development Dr. David T. Martin:"Joel will complete his initial rehabilitation in Los Angeles, with specialists and our medical and training staff committed to a conservative and measured rehabilitation and recovery plan."Based on the program that has been outlined, we will continually evaluate Joel's progress against predetermined benchmarks and anticipate he will resume basketball activities this summer."Sixers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo:"Joel, his representatives and our medical staff conducted extensive research based on prioritizing the best possible treatment and recovery outcome for Joel's knee injury resulting in today's procedure by Dr. ElAttrache. We are very pleased with his post-surgical assessment and forecast for a healthy return to basketball activity."
Embiid is expected to resume basketball activities this summer, and should be ready for Sixers training camp, but no update on if he would be playing in the Summer League.