Chase Budinger had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, according to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Dr. James Andrews performed a meniscectomy on Budinger to remove the damaged meniscus. Here is the press release from the Wolves:
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that Chase Budinger underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to perform a meniscectomy. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Pensacola, Florida.
Budinger will be sidelined indefinitely. An update to Budinger’s status will be provided when appropriate.
Chase being out indefinitely probably isn’t something fans want to see. The word “indefinitely” typically has negative connotations and for good reason. It’s hard to feel comfortable about a successful recovery or a timely recovery when there isn’t a definite timetable placed on such a feat. And the removal of part of, if not the entire meniscus certainly seems like a pretty precarious situation for Chase and the Wolves.
The fact that it’s an arthroscopic surgery means the recovery from the incisions themselves won’t be a problem. This procedure isn’t serious in the sense that it will be hard to get the knee strong again. If I had to guess how long he’s out, I’d put it at 6 to 8 weeks. This would mean he misses around the first month of the season. The main concern with the removal of the torn meniscus is the eventual wearing down of the knee joint because of the lack of “cushioning” inside the knee.
As for now, we’ll cut the speculation short and just hope Budinger has a relatively quick recovery and comes back feeling healthy, strong, and confident in his legs. Corey Brewer is there to fill in, Derrick Williams and his slimmed down body may be able to move into some 3 work, and Shabazz Muhammad may get a chance to show some things early.