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Amare out for season and playoffs

Bad news for the Suns even if they make the playoffs: "Not this season, not at all," said Dr. Pravin Dugel, the Valley eye surgeon who operated on Stoudemire's detached retina two weeks ago. "The Suns have the same goal - to make sure he can resume his career. "It's very difficult to explain to anyone how serious this is. It's more serious than any knee or ankle surgery. The healing is excruciatingly slow and delicate." Stoudemire suffered multiple tears, new and old, and had a "very large" and "traumatic" retina detachment with blood in his right eye at the time of surgery. There was hope of a return to activity in eight weeks, but Dugel said the recuperation could take months. "Now it's a matter of just waiting for his body to resorb the fluid," Dugel said. "So far, it's resorbing slowly." His surgeon makes it sound as though the injury could be career threatening if not given enough time to heal, and that is if it does heal well. Thinking about it, it's understandable. If a player was partially or completely blind on one eye, it would be terribly hard to play as well as now when constantly having to turn your head to see that "weak side". Good luck to Amare that everything heals completely and there are no long-term effects.

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