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Rajon Rondo Has Successful Surgery On Torn ACL, Performed by Dr. James Andrews

After spending a few weeks to seek out additional opinions on his partially torn ACL, Rajon Rondo made his choice and successfully underwent surgery today by Dr. James Andrews, according to The Boston Globe.

The scheduling of the surgery will likely put Rondo on pace to return in time for the team’s training camp next season, assuming a six month recovery period.

UPDATE: Here’s more from Ainge on the surgery itself via an interview with our friend Chris Forsberg over at ESPNBoston. Make sure you definitely should go check out the full story as well.

There was no other structural damage beyond a partial tear of the ACL for Rondo, which doctors believe could further accelerate his return. 

“You know how competitive Rondo is — the whole Adrian Peterson thing was a big motivating factor,” said Ainge. “To watch him come back and win the MVP in such short time — Rondo is so competitive with those type of things and that’s his mindset.” 

Rondo underwent the procedure, which utilized a graft from the patella tendon, at Andrews’ facility in Gulf Breeze, Fla. He’s expected to remain there as he starts the initial phase of his rehabilitation. 

“He’s in good spirits,” said Ainge. “He’s focused on what’s ahead and getting back on the court… He’s got a good eight months before we even start [training] camp [for the 2013-14 season in late September]. We do anticipate he’ll be ready to participate in all of training camp.”

Unfortunately, Rondo will have company during his ACL rehab in the form of Leandro Barbosa. Ainge also passed along an unfortunate tidbit concerning the extent of the damage to Barbosa’s knee suffered on Monday night.


Damage to the MCL as well as the ACL tear is just brutal news for the speedy guard. He’s likely looking at missing at least 9-12 months with the significant rehab that is necessary for that kind of damage. Here’s hoping the 30-year-old guard will make a speedy and full recovery.

  • Ge0gre

    Anyone know if he used part of his patellar tendon or did he go with cadaver tendon for ACL reconstruction?

    • simms

      Patellar tendon

  • High Rollers

    Good job, good effort, Rondo. Rock the rehab.

  • hydrofluoric

    The good news: Next season Rondo is GUARANTEED to be the MVP, right?

  • CelticsBIG3

    Thats a real bummer for Leandro. I partially my MCL playing basketball; no surgery for that, you just play the waiting game and recover. It took months to get back from.

    • Josh_5

      Same thing happened to me. Mine was only a grade 1 so I didn't need surgery. After it was said and done, it took me about 6 months to be fully back at 100%.

      • CelticsBIG3

        Right after I went down I thought I was ok, then I tried to stand up and my knee had no strength. That was scary.

  • TOM

    ACL tear is bad news. I just hope that Rondo and Barbosa can get better soon.

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