When Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe underwent a procedure on his right knee on Friday, we assumed it was to repair his torn meniscus.
What we didn’t know is that doctors removed the meniscus all together.
Bledsoe will return this season because his meniscus was removed not repaired. So 4-6 week to return.
So what’s the difference? Well, repairing a meniscus results in a longer rehab, meaning Bledsoe may or may not have had enough time to return this season. However, repairing a meniscus doesn’t breed any long term damage.
On the other hand, removing a meniscus results in a much shorter rehab but also can promote arthritis down the road. Granted, there’s no sure bet that Bledsoe will ever deal with arthritis due to the removal, but it is a possibility come the later stages of his career.
Thankfully, the Phoenix Suns medical staff is considered to be one the best in the NBA, so hopefully with their abilities, they’ll be able to make sure Bledsoe is as healthy as possible moving forward in life.