Derrick Rose is just over a week into recovering from his second knee surgery in 19 months. The Bulls point guard underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn medial meniscus in his right knee after suffering the injury against the Portland Trailblazers on Nov. 22.
Team doctors and members of the front office have said that Rose is expected to make a complete recovery although he has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. Some have theorized the ACL reconstruction surgery that D. Rose underwent on his left knee caused him to overcompensate, attributing to his right knee injury.
But according to a recent Sporting News report, that may not be the case.
“An ACL tear in one knee and a meniscus tear in the other, that is not necessarily connected,” said Dr. Derek Ochiai, an orthopedic surgeon at the Nirschl Orthopaedic Center in Arlington, Va.
“Looking at Derrick Rose, I would say that it is purely bad luck at this point. Part of it is, athletes are bigger, faster, more explosive, but that puts more pressure on the knee because of the way they play—their movement, their cutting, their change of direction. It predisposes you to meniscus tears or ACL tears. It’s like you’re cramming the engine of a Ferrari into a Yugo. It might make the Yugo go faster, but you are still going to have structural problems.”
Rose underwent a complete repair of his meniscus as opposed to electing to have the damaged portion removed due to the positive long-term health prognosis. Both the team doctors and the front office have said that Rose is expected to make a complete recovery, and the rehab for this injury is far less grueling than what he underwent coming back from his ACL tear.
But the meniscus itself is very delicate and there is a possibility that complications can develop, such as what happened to Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. This is why the Bulls ruled Derrick Rose out for the season.
“If you do the repair, sew it back, you have to be much more careful,” said Dr. Ochiai. “You have to get that meniscal cartilage to heal, and we know that the meniscus is not robust in its healing. It takes a lot of time for it to heal. … From a medical standpoint, yes, he could come back quicker. But one of the things I really don’t think is beneficial with a surgery like this is putting artificial timetables on the recovery. With Derrick Rose, I would most definitely give it plenty of time.”