Kobe Bryant Goes After Experimental Medicine
Bryant underwent the knee and ankle procedures after taking a serious look at his age, body and enormous playing time in a career about to begin its 16th season. He has logged 40,163 minutes in the regular season and an additional 8,163 in the playoffs, the combined total putting him 16th in NBA history.
After this season, Bryant has two years and $58.3 million left on his contract.
Wehling’s procedure is marketed as Regenokine or Orthokine, and it appears from afar to be related to the more well-known platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
Wehling’s procedure differs because it targets interleukin, proteins or molecules that cause inflammatory responses. Blood is removed from the affected area of a patient and spun in a centrifuge. The antagonists of interleukin are removed to create a serum that is injected back into the targeted area.
The Lakers’ medical staff researched Wehling’s process and made the calculated decision with Bryant to undergo the initial procedure. Before going to Germany, Bryant had three knee surgeries since 2003, including one in July 2010 to remove unspecified loose bodies.