Doctor Says There’s a Chance Derrick Rose’s Meniscus Won’t Heal 100%


Derrick Rose has had such bad luck lately, you don’t want to jinx him even further, but doctors say it isn’t a done deal that he will come back 100% after his torn Meniscus surgery.

Here is the breakdown from Dr. Derek Ochiai, an orthopedic surgeon at the Nirschl Orthopaedic Center in Arlington, Va. courtesy of the Sporting News.

“It might not heal,” Ochiai said. “The success rate for meniscal tears is not close to 100 percent. If you follow the protocol and limit range of motion, and you brace appropriately, use crutches appropriately, all those things, it is still about an 80 percent chance it heals, maybe 85 percent. If it doesn’t, he has to either do a re-repair or take out the torn part.”

“If you do the repair, sew it back, you have to be much more careful,” Dr. Ochiai said. “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.”

For players like Blake Griffin and Russell Westbrook who have had a similar surgery (even though Westbrook did need additional time) they don’t seem to be having a problem. For players like Chase Budinger and Gilbert Arenas post surgery complications came up.

Hopefully, there won’t be a problem for Rose, but if you want to know why the Bulls just shut him down for the season you have your answer.