Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  27 responses

Andrew Bynum to Undergo ‘Kobe’ Knee Procedure

by Eldon Khorshidi | @eldonadam

Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum will head to Germany in early September to have a non-invasive knee prodecure known as Orthokine—the same procedure that Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill, Alex Rodriguez and other athletes have recently undergone. Bynum’s knees are believed to be in good condition, and the procedure is merely a precautionary action to prolong their health. Bynum dislocated his left knee cap in January of 2008, and underwent arthroscopic surgery that May. He also had surgery on his right knee following the 2009-’10 season, which lingered into the following season and sidelined him longer than originally expected.

More details, via Philly.com:

The procedure, known as Orthokine/Regenokine, will be performed by Peter Wehling, founder of the Center for Molecular Orthopaedics in Düsseldorf. Though it is not yet performed in the United States, it is similar to another blood-spinning treatment that has gained popularity, known as platelet-rich plasma. In that procedure, the goal is to produce a high concentration of platelet cells, which are believed to speed the healing process. Wehling’s procedure differs in that he uses the patients own blood to produce a high concentration of anti-inflammatory proteins, rather than the platelets, which he injects into the troubled joint. According to the source, Bynum is not feeling any pain in his knees. However, the center wants to explore any options that will help to prolong their health. According to the source, Bynum was so impressed with the results that Bryant experienced after having a knee treated last season that he agreed that exploring the procedure was a viable option.

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  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danpowers

    does anybody know how long it takes to recover after this treatment? id like to know how many games if any he has to miss because of this op

  • Sean

    0 – all they do is take a blood sample and then inject it into the knee. It’s also highly questionable that the procedure actually does anything – work hasn’t been published in any peer-reviewed journals from what I can tell. No information on the efficacy of the treatment beyond anecdotal evidence which could just as well be a placebo effect – these guys have loads of money to throw around though and this german dude must at least talk a good game!

  • Heals

    Weird I thought he had it right after the season ended, odd that he’d wait this long/this close the beginning of the season…

  • heartlandG

    im excited to watch Philly dis year

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Yeah, Philly is a scary team.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Wouldn’t be surprised if this form of treatment became illegal for professional sportsmen very soon. It’s effectively a form of blood doping.
    Sure it’s used to different effect than cycling, swimming etc (which is used to carry O2 to exercising skeletal muscle and 02 capacity etc), but if it’s used to rehabilitate people from injuries faster.. then.. yeah.. I can see it becoming illegal in the future, rightly or wrongly.

  • Price

    He never will play without some limitations. He doesn’t run natural. He seems will break at any moment or jump. Never will see the real Bynum. The injures destroy him.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    All these new medical marvels and they still aint found a cure for HIV yet SMH at me still having to use condoms. But anyway if Bynum is committed Philly should be a good squad next year

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    That’s because the government created the virus Kevin…lol I’m kidding I’m not Jesse Ventura

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    I need to talk to Magic Johnson im sure he knows the cure. And yeah T-Ray I agree with you, I also believe the goverment either knows or can find a cure they just dont want to. There’s no money in a cure, there’s money in prevention

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Just watch the episode of South Park where they inject a small amount of Magic’s money in your bloodstream.

  • heartlandG

    Wonder if Kobe gettin a referal bonus lol

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Someone tell me he’s gotten a haircut since the end of the season.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Bynum will get his shots average about 22pt a game and 12rebs and get his love he wants.

  • bike

    Wonder what would happen if someone injected those proteins into their penis? An erection lasting longer than four days?

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    @bike LMAOOOOOO dont give nobody no ideas

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    they actually do have a thing where they take all your blood out and replace it, which cured somebody but it’s incredibly risky.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    though i can understand why this procedure would be done for some kind of tear or severe sprain, i do wonder how it helped kobe so much. didn’t his knees just ridiculously deteriorate to the point of no meniscii in his knees? i dont know how that could regenerate padding in between his knees. the only thing i can get from it is that it decreased inflammation.

  • JL

    I don’t think Kobe’s knees were that bad. You are talking Brandon Roy territory here. And even he’s trying to play again. But sure hope that Bynum’s career will be extended more through this procedure. If it’s just maintenance he should do it every six months.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    im pretty sure i remember reports of kobes knees being nearly “bone on bone”

  • LA Huey

    Man, that sounds like a really expensive placebo. Much easier to rub potato peelings on your knees after you rub them in baby doodoo instead.

  • bike

    The name of the proteins that are injected is Boosties.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher


  • nate

    Andrew Bynum cares about his career?

  • http://juanm.garcia@me.com Str8Ballah

    There’s only one King and he died in human form for you and I so that he who exercises faith in him could inherit eternal life.

  • dabuddah420

    This is the biggest cry baby in the league. Kobe for 7

  • EJ

    Inject proteins in your mushroom tip and thou shalt inherit eternal erections.