Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol underwent knee surgery yesterday that will require him to be sidelined for at least three months over the summer, the team has announced.
Gasol announced via Twitter that the procedure was a success, and now the big man will focus on rehab.
Everything has gone well! Now I'll have to rest my knees and start with the rehab. Thanks everyone for your support! twitter.com/paugasol/statu…
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) May 9, 2013
The operation -- termed the FAST technique -- is a minimally invasive surgery that uses ultrasound wavelengths to remove tendon scar tissue without disturbing healthy tissue. It was used to help treat the tendinitis in both of Gasol's knees.
The Lakers were extremely banged up during the NBA Playoffs, and while Gasol was able to play he was facing ailments of his own. The tendinitis reportedly caused Gasol discomfort, and he elected the offseason procedure to hopefully alleviate the issue.
Taking three months off will still allow Gasol to return to basketball-related activities by early August. This should give him enough time to prepare for camp in the fall, but it remains to be determined if he'll be suiting up for the Lakers or another team at that time.