View the official Cleveland Cavaliers press release here.
Varejao was injured in a game against the Toronto Raptors on December 18, 2012.
“Diagnosis was a right knee contusion, specifically to the vastus medialis which connects to the medial (inner) border of the patella. As Varejao's treatment and recovery process continued, an MRI revealed the contused area included a small longitudinal split in the vastus medialis. Despite continued, gradual recovery of the contusion, symptoms also continued in the specific area of the split. Another MRI revealed an increase in the split and symptoms persisted. Dynamic ultrasound imaging also revealed tissue from underneath the split was herniating and pinching with knee flexion.” The media release explained.
Varejao received a second opinion from Dr. J. Richard Stedman of the Stedman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. His opinion confirmed Cavaliers’ Head Team Physician Dr. Richard Parker of the Cleveland Clinic’s recommendation that surgery needs to take place to repair the damage.
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