Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol will undergo a procedure Thursday to address the tendonosis in both of his knees, the team announced Wednesday. The procedure, known as the FAST (Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue) Technique, involves a probe being inserted into the knee which "directs ultrasonic energy to eliminate scar tissue without damaging healthy tissue," according to a team release. "After talking to several specialists, I'm going to proceed to regenerate both of my patellar tendons and working hard to get back to my 100%," Gasol wrote on Twitter. FAST is considered minimally invasive and the Lakers will issue a timetable for Gasol's recovery after the procedure is completed by Dr. Steven Yoon of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Group. Gasol, who turns 33 in July, missed more games in 2012-13 because of injury (33) than during any other season in his 12-year career. "My knees are being an issue," Gasol said during the Lakers' first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs. "My patellar tendons are suffering." Gasol said his left knee, which is the leg he jumps off of, is hurting more than his right. "It's more than tendinitis, it's tendonosis," Gasol said. "There's a degeneration of the tissue, and it's something that I've dealt with all year. So I'll have to do something to regenerate the tissue so I don't have to play with this pain." Gasol added that he was suffering from calcification on the insertion of his patellar tendon in his knees. The four-time All-Star averaged 13.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting this season, both career lows, along with 8.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He finished the season on a high note, however, registering three triple-doubles in his final seven games.
Pau Gasol has tendonosis in knees
ESPN | May 9