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Sixers Joel Embiid has surgery, is expected back for next season

Joel Embiid

Yesterday afternoon, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid successfully underwent minor arthroscopic surgery on a meniscus tear in his left knee at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

Embiid is expected by the team to return to basketball activities by this summer and then be ready to play for the start of next season.

The man who performed the surgery, surgeon Dr Neal S. ElAttrache, M.D., had this to say regarding the surgery:

“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.”

According to that same statement issued by Dr ElAttrache, Embiid should be back to doing some weight-bearing activities in as soon as two weeks.

Embiid’s injury originally occurred back in January in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Now, after sitting out trying to rest the knee and then later being pronounced to be out for the season by Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo, the journey back to the court can finally begin for the rookie.

Joel Embiid’s rookie season lasted only 31 games, but the rookie big man was a dominant force in his short time playing on the court this season. Putting up averages of 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in only 25.4 minutes, Embiid put himself in the running for rookie of the year (or even co-rookie of the year).

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