New Sixers center Andrew Bynum will head to Germany in early September to have the same experimental procedure on his knee that Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill and Alex Rodriguez have undergone, according to a West Coast source with knowledge of the situation.
Bynum has had surgery on both of his knees. It is unknown whether the procedure will be performed on the one knee or both. According to the source, Bynum's knees are fine and the procedure is non- surgical.
The procedure, known as Orthokine/Regenokine, will be performed by Dr. Peter Wehling. Bryant initially underwent the procedure to prevent the inevitable wearing down of his knee cartilage. The procedure is a derivation of platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP. The procedure, which is not yet performed in the United States, is less invasive than many, if not all, other forms of knee surgeries presently used.
Bynum dislocated his left knee cap in the January of the 2007-08 season and in May of that season Bynum underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee. He also underwent surgery on his right knee following the 2009-10 season.
His recovery from that surgery took longer than expected and, as a result, Bynum only appeared in 54 games in the 2010-11 season.
However, in what has to be considered a good sign for both Bynum and the Sixers, Bynum had the best season of his career in the lockout truncated season. Bynum appeared in 60 of 66 possible games and averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. The 35.2 minutes he played per game is the highest total in the 24 year olds seven-year career.
Bynum appeared in just 204 of a possible 328 games from the 2007-08 season through the 2010-11 season.
According to the source, Bynum is not feeling any pain in his knees. However, the center wants to explore any options that will help to prolong the healthy status of his knees. According to the source, Bynum was so impressed with the results that Bryant experienced last season that he agreed that exploring the procedure was a viable option.