Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews had an uncharacteristic season by his standards. He has been recognized as an ironman of sorts for never having missed a single game through his first three seasons, but missed a whopping 13 games this season with an assortment of injuries. One of those injuries was elbow-related, and he went through surgery on Wednesday to have it cleaned out. Ben Golliver of Blazer’s Edge has details:
The Portland Trail Blazers announced Wednesday that guard Wesley Matthews has undergone a procedure on his left elbow that will sideline him for up to a month.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews underwent a successful arthroscopic debridement of his left elbow today. The procedure was performed by Dr. Ken Yamaguchi at Washington University Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Matthews’ recovery time is expected to be 3-4 weeks.
An “arthroscopic debridement” is a fancy way to say “clean up surgery,” although the procedure (as noted below) can be used to determine whether additional surgeries/treatments are necessary in the future.
PRP, as mentioned in the tweet above, is Platelet-Rich Plasma. You can see how arthroscopic debridement is done by clicking on the link for Golliver’s piece. If you want to see what PRP injection looks like, you can watch this: