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Rumor: Is Chase Utley Seeing The Doctor Who Performed Microfracture Surgery on Amare Stoudemire?

Kyle Scott - March 22, 2012


Photo courtesy St. Pete Beach Photo

Let's speculate.

Earlier, Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki wrote that Chase Utley has been spotted in Phoenix this week, which hints at the location of the specialist he is seeing for his knee (I’m really good at deducing)*. As sports injury expert Will Carroll Tweets, it’s likely that, if Utley is in Phoenix, he is there seeing Dr. Thomas Carter, a doctor for the Phoenix Suns and a surgeon for the Cartilage Restoration Clinic of Arizona.


*I’ve been obsessively checking the interwebtuals and social networks for mentions of Chase anywhere, but no luck. Credit to Zolecki for figuring it out.

In 2005, Carter performed microfracture surgery on then-Sun Amare Stoudemire. That sort of surgery has been discussed as an option for Utley. Basically, Utley is lacking cartilage in his knees, causing grinding of bones, which is why even four months of rest seemingly did him little good. 

Microfracture surgery is the process of creating small fractures in the bone with the expectation that blood clots and scar tissue (cartilage) builds up to create a cushion which prevents bones from grinding.

Microfracture can be both good and bad. As CSN’s John Finger pointed out yesterday, it has a high-success rate (80%) and few lasting effects. The downside is that there’s a 20% chance new cartilage won't grow where it's needed (good at math…) … and it takes about a year to recover from. It’s a serious surgery, which is likely why the Eagles hid the fact that Brandon Graham had the procedure last year.

Anyway, this is all speculation for now, but it sounds like there’s a chance Utley is in Phoenix seeing the guy who performed microfracture surgery on Amare Stoudemire.

Brandon Graham Had Microfracture Surgery

Kyle Scott - July 13, 2011


Oh hello, football news. How are you? This is something we didn't know.

Philly Sports Daily has confirmed that when Brandon Graham had surgery on his ACL, which was torn on December 12 (just a day before the Phillies bought their fans a beautiful Christmas pony), doctors also performed microfracture surgery, a significantly more risky procedure. 

The grammatical stylings, from Mr. Tim McManus:

Recovery time for an ACL tear generally ranges from 6-8 months, with the understanding that it may take up to a year until the knee starts to feel really good. Oftentimes it takes a full season until a player is totally back to form.

According to Dr. Chris Dodson, an orthopedic surgeon at the Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital, the recovery time for microfracture surgery is about the same as for ACL surgery. The difference is that the body’s response to microfracture surgery is less predictable. He estimated that where there is an 80-90 percent recovery rate for athletes that undergo ACL surgery, the success rate for microfracture is closer to 60-80 percent.


That is something the Eagles never told us about. It appears that doctors noticed the problem while performing surgery on Graham's ACL.

Microfacture surgery drills holes into the bones, in an effort to promote the growth of cartilage, which would help prevent bone-on-bone rubbing… or as I like to call it, “crossing swords.” But hey, I’m immature.

If you remember, this was one of the procedures discussed as a possibility for Chase Utley, whose swords were crossed in his knee.

Here's what Reid said about Graham's surgery on December 22nd:

"Brandon Graham had his knee repaired and that was successful – Anterior Crucial Ligament and Dr. (James) Andrews did that. And they're both resting well right now, so they'll get on the rehab as soon as they possibly can."



Microfracture surgery.

Although Reid said back in March that Graham most likely won't be ready for Week 1, Graham did participate in Jalen Rose's golf outing this week. That's a good sign.