Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News first reported that Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had left the country for an undisclosed medical procedure, which is unrelated to his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon.
The Lakers wouldn’t divulge which country Bryant is visiting, the procedure or what any additional injury might entail. But they expect him to return early next week.
Mike DAntoni didn't say much about Kobe's procedure. But he said he's not concerned
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 3, 2013
Kobe’s trip abroad isn’t atypical; he’s gone over for various treatments before (i.e. Orthokine/regenokine in Germany last summer).
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 3, 2013
And According to Adrian Wojnarowski (of Yahoo!), Kobe is on his way (or already) to Germany to have more platelet-rich plasma therapy done on his right knee.
Kobe Bryant is traveling to Germany to have another round of platelet-rich plasma therapy on his right knee, league sources tell Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 3, 2013
The procedure Kobe has done basically takes his own blood than spins out the healing platelet in it, then those platelet are injected back into the knee. This all helps healing in the knee, according to those who believe in the procedure. There aren’t a bunch of double-blind studies on this, but Kobe believes it works so at the very least it works for him.
[Pro Basketball Talk]
According to reports from Lakers camp on Wednesday, Kobe made significant progress by participating in light jogging and set-shooting (without jumping). Though, the Lakes still haven’t released any timetable on when they expect Kobe to return.