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.