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Nerlens Noel to undergo ACL surgery tomorrow

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Dr. James Andrews has been called the “Jay-Z” of orthopedic surgeons.

This morning, John Calipari hinted that Nerlens Noel’s ACL surgery would happen very soon. He was right–UK announced this afternoon that Nerlens will undergo ACL surgery tomorrow in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Dr. James Andrew will perform the procedure and Dr. Scott Mair of UK Sports Medicine will be present for the surgery and help coordinate Noel’s rehab on his return to Lexington. His expected recovery is 6-8 months.

“After talking with my family, I decided to schedule my surgery over spring break so I wouldn’t miss as much class,” Noel said. “I wish all my teammates luck in the SEC Tournament and look forward to getting back to Lexington as soon as I can to begin my rehab and finish my school work.”

Dr. Andrews is one of the most respected orthopedic surgeons in the world and his patients include Marcus Lattimore, Robert Griffin III, Brett Favre, Michael Jordan, Albert Pujols, and most recently, Rajon Rondo. Executive Associate AD DeWayne Peevy said that Andrews’ involvement will allow NBA teams to have the most up to date post-surgery information available leading up to June’s draft:

“Due to the unique timetable for Nerlens’ recovery period in regards to the NBA Draft deadline, the University of Kentucky and Noel’s family thought it was in his best interest to have his surgery performed by Dr. Andrews in Florida. Being one of the few surgeons that NBA franchises use regularly, Dr. Andrews’ involvement will allow the NBA personnel to have the most updated post-surgery information available in regards to Nerlens’ medical condition. Our medical staff and administrators are not permitted to talk to NBA teams and Nerlens is not allowed to be examined by the NBA, prior to the draft, without jeopardizing his eligibility.”

Good luck, Nerlens.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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28 Comments for Nerlens Noel to undergo ACL surgery tomorrow



  1. John B
    5:24 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I have ticket books for the SEC Tournament. Will sell for face value ($300ea.) They are good for all games. Section 328 Row E Seats 3,4,5,& 6. If interested please call John @ 270-64-0958.



  2. Dr. Funke
    5:26 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t this guy also do AP’s surgery? Which is the one he is most known for cause of the amazing recovery time.



  3. John B
    5:27 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I have ticket books for the SEC Tournament. Will sell for face value ($300ea.) They are good for all games. Section 328 Row E Seats 3,4,5,& 6. If interested please call John @ 270-646-0958.



  4. David from Bowling Green
    5:32 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    He goes to class? Who knew? I didnt think our players attend class. Someone should tell Bobby Knight!



  5. maconvolfan
    5:33 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve always wondered–since these injuries happen in service for the school, the tab is picked up by the school, right? When will the NCAA deem these ‘elective’ surgeries to be improper benefits?



  6. David from Bowling Green
    5:33 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    @2, yes, Dr Andrews also did Peterson’s surgery.



  7. FedGov
    5:36 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    State funds are being used so that a kid on a UK scholarship can get surgery from the most expensive surgeon in the country? That is fine if the family was paying, but since Dr. Mair will scrub in I assume UK is paying. NCAA violation?



  8. Safe to Say?
    5:38 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Safe to say you won’t be sending Nerlens a get well card, #7?



  9. Electric Mayhem
    5:38 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    #5. patient autonomy >>> NCAA jurisprudence. And thanks for reappearing once UT’s season seems salvageable.



  10. Al's IndiCats
    5:46 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    First of all don’t you troll have jobs to be at?
    Second, and this will make you Ipoo fans smile. After that game betweem Michigan and Ipoo while they shaking hands Crean got into a pissing match with one of Michigans assistant coaches accusing him of putting Ipoo on probation and : tearing down our university during the Sampson’s time there…Hello Tom, if it hadn’t been for Ipoo going on probation Thus Tommy boy would still be playing at Marquette…Nobody ever accused old Tommy boy of being the sharpest knife in the drawer!



  11. Al's IndiCats
    5:47 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    or coaching at^^^^^^



  12. Linda Taylor
    5:52 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    5 – Don’t you think there would be a slew of lawsuits against them if the NCAA even tried to keep kids from getting their injuries repaired? With Emmert at the helm however anything is possible. It would only hasten the exit of the superconferences from the NCAA and the creation of a new governing body for those superconferences. That day can’t get here soon enough.



  13. RealCatsFan
    5:52 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck, Big Fella! I hope you set the record for fastest recovery from ACL surgery.



  14. BAC05
    5:53 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    #7, It doesn’t matter if the state pays for it or not. Most of the NBA guys don’t just come and go from UK without giving back. Whether it’s a donation to school scholarships, playing benefit games, working a lot of Cal’s emergency phone drives, or boosting the amount of dollars local vendors get from tourism, hotel rooms, merchandise sales, and national media attention. The players do a lot of things for a (at the most) $10,000 a year scholarship. So if we have to cover an $80,000 med bill to a kid that has done this much for our state then so be it.



  15. Dr. Funke
    6:05 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    7 – Since when did Athletic department money become state funds? 5 – Do you really think the ncaa would go down that road, they are in enough crap as it is with all their rules.



  16. idiot
    6:06 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    7 considering how much money those kids bring into the univeristy with ticket sales, and things that go with it, with out seeing a dime of it ya i think they can pay for it



  17. soul
    6:17 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Is it me or does the LAST TWO sentences contradict each other!?!? So becuz Dr. Andrews is the surgeon, NBA personnel will be well informed on Nerlens post-surgery condition YET becuz of NCAA rules the medical staff can not talk to NBA personnel…I don’t get it?



  18. Donkey kong dong
    6:22 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    In that picture he looks more like Bartels and James….



  19. dubbin
    6:27 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    #17 No contradiction at all. The University medical staff and/or administration cannot give information to the NBA concerning Nerlens condition. The surgeon performing the procedure can.



  20. Uktailg8er
    6:29 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Dr Andrews was on faculty for a period of time in the early 90s. Actually gave me the turn your head and cough exam for high school sports eligibility.



  21. brain
    6:47 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Hope everything goes great NN.



  22. UKalum
    7:00 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder if UK would pay for Dr. Andrews to perform surgery on a UK soccer or track player? Too bad John Hood didn’t even get the same treatment.



  23. UKBlue
    7:15 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Dr. Andrews the best in the biz

    Dr. Andrews on HBO Real Sports:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9zjlRUSooE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJt-O7knnOg



  24. UKBlue
    7:16 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    17 Soul. UK medical staff not Dr. Andrews Keep UP



  25. keep calm and bleed blue
    7:20 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Not only does Dr. Andrews work on the rich and famous, he does a fantastic job with high school athletes as well. My daughter had tommy john surgery performed by Dr. Andrews and only a few months later he repaired my son’s ACL. There is no nicer or more down to earth man out there than Dr. Andrews. He is an amazing man!



  26. keep calm and bleed blue
    7:23 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    #22 my daughter was on UK’s track team and the University’s insurance did pay for her to go to Dr. Andrews for surgery.



  27. SamKat
    7:24 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens Noel has been blessed with a great attitude. God, please bless this young giant and Dr. Andrews and all attending to Nerlens.



  28. philip
    7:45 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Tyler your posts this weekend have been excellent. Thanks, you are such a humorous as well as informed voice to KSR