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New York Knicks Amare Stoudemire didn’t know what microfracture surgery was, but had it anyway

Word of advice for professional athletes undergoing major (or even minor) surgery. Make sure you know what you’re going under the knife for.

That’s a regret of New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire who admits he had no idea what microfracture surgery was when he underwent the procedure and now wishes he wouldn’t have done so.

My intense training focus first started after my microfracture surgery in 2005. That was the hardest recovery I’ve ever been through in my life. I actually didn’t know what a microfracture was. If I had known what a microfracture was, I would have never gotten that procedure. Going into surgery, it actually wasn’t guaranteed that I was going to have a microfracture.

It’s a tough call for Stoudemire who has fallen on hard times (with injury) in recent years but for a while, was still a very successful NBA player after the operation.

Regardless, it’s your body as the athlete and you need to be aware of what’s going to be taking place while undergoing surgery.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

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