Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his surgically repaired right knee to reduce swelling and will miss the first 4-6 weeks of the regular season the Thunder announced on Tuesday. Westbrook originally underwent surgery on April 27, 2013 to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee.
Presti says in a release the swelling was caused by a "loose stitch" but the arthroscopic confirmed his meniscus surgery was successful.
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According to Thunder GM Sam Presti:
“Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation. He has been pain-free and has performed at a high level during practice, but has experienced recent swelling that had not subsided,” Presti said. “After careful consideration and recommendations from the medical team, we elected to do the procedure today based on our consulting physician’s belief that the swelling would be alleviated, and in turn give Russell the best chance for sustained performance throughout the season and beyond. During the procedure it was determined that the source of swelling was due to a loose stitch, and fortunately we were also able to confirm that the meniscus has healed properly.”