Russell Westbrook Has Knee Surgery; Will Miss 4-6 Weeks of Regular Season

Russell Westbrook Umm

Tough break for the Thunder.

This is Westbrook’s 2nd surgery on his torn meniscus. The surgery was needed because of swelling in his knee caused by loose stitching.

Here is the full statement from the Thunder.

“Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation. He has been pain-free and has performed at a high level during practice, but has experienced recent swelling that had not subsided,” said Sam Presti in a statement. “After careful consideration and recommendations from the medical team, we elected to do the procedure today based on our consulting physician’s belief that the swelling would be alleviated, and in turn give Russell the best chance for sustained performance throughout the season and beyond. During the procedure it was determined that the source of swelling was due to a loose stitch, and fortunately we were also able to confirm that the meniscus has healed properly.”

They are expecting him to miss 4-6 weeks.