Sixers Injury Update: Andrew Bynum Could Miss Season

Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum has been out since the before the season started with a knee injury. Doctors are now saying he may not play at all this whole season if he chooses to go through surgery. Jason Wolf of The News Journal reports about Bynum's possibility of missing the entire season.
One internationally respected orthopedic surgeon, who is not involved with Bynum’s treatment and has not seen his MRIs, told The News Journal that all of the information that has been released by the player and the Sixers points to a likely diagnosis of osteochondritis dessicans lesions. The surgeon said that if this is the case, there’s a small chance that Bynum’s knees could heal sufficiently on their own in time for him to return for the playoffs this season, but called that scenario “wishing on a star.”

“While they can heal non-operatively, they can take a long time [four to six months] to heal, and in adult athletes, frequently they will require surgical intervention at some point if there isn’t adequate healing within the first several months of treatment,” the surgeon said.
 It was also reported that if Bynum comes back too early, the surgeon theorizes that the injury could become career-threatening. If that is the case, the center being paid $16.5 million for this year and who was traded for in hopes for becoming a playoff threat would end up not playing for the Philadelphia 76ers at all.

What's worse for both Bynum and the 76ers, is that this is the last year on his contract. This potential surgery and extensive recovery would crash the price for the talented center and the 76ers, if they choose to let him go, would end up losing their All-Star and Olympian Andre Iguodala for... nothing.

The Sixers management has to choose one of two choices, both with its own risks. The first is having Bynum have surgery, which in turn would have him miss the entire season and see what happens in the off-season. The second option is having Bynum's body recover naturally, without surgery, and hope that he heals within four months, just in time for the playoffs. That four month healing time, however, is no guarantee and he could possibly injure himself further. As of now, it seems as if management may be leaning towards having Bynum's body naturally heal and hope he returns in time for the playoffs.

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