"Microfracture" has become one of the most horrifying words in the NBA, but Dr. Phillip Kwong says Warriors fans should exchange panic for patience after the team confirmed this week that center Andrew Bogut had the procedure on his left ankle.

"Microfracture shouldn't make people fear a career ending," said Kwong, a foot and ankle surgeon at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, on Thursday. "Sometimes people are fine on a daily-basis routine, but for a high-level athlete who requires jumping, landing and changing directions, it can be a big problem. He might require a full year of recovery.

"Just because (the ankle) is a smaller joint (than the knee), that doesn't mean he should have a quicker recovery. The ankle is a very tight-fitting joint, so there's a lot of recovery needed."

Allan Houston, Jamal Mashburn and Terrell Brandon, among others, have failed to return from microfracture knee procedures. Chris Webber, Anfernee Hardaway and Brian Grant returned to the court, but only as shells of themselves. More recently, Jason Kidd, Zach Randolph and Amar'e Stoudemire have made notable recoveries from microfracture knee surgeries.