Portland Trail Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan said Friday that center Greg Oden is still not clear for surgery on his left knee because of the ankle blood clots.
"Nothing new," he said. "The doctors in Colorado are addressing his blot clot and once that is complete Greg will have the surgery on his left knee."
Friday marks two weeks since Oden's right knee surgery. The Blazers had said repeatedly the plan was for Oden to undergo left knee surgery within 10 days to two weeks.
Here are a few more quotes from Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan regarding Oden's left knee procedure. Buchanan said that the decision to go forward with the procedure has not changed even though a firm date has still not yet been set.
"Still kind of up in the air on a date," Buchanan said. "Nothing is set in stone on when they are going to go in and work on his left knee at this point. It's kind of a day-to-day update we get from the doctors there [in Vail] on when they are ready to do it."
Buchanan said that the "minor" blood clots discovered in Oden's left ankle on Feb. 3 remain the deciding factor in determining the date of the procedure, and that there haven't been other setbacks.
"I can't give you an exact date, but it should be here shortly, assuming everything goes as planned."
Monday's Post: The waiting game continues for the latest round of health updates concerning Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden.
On Feb. 3, Oden underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan said after the procedure that the team hoped that Oden would undergo a similar procedure on his left knee within two weeks, although some "minor" blood clots in Oden's left ankle had to be addressed before that procedure could take place.
On Feb. 5, Jason Quick of The Oregonian reported that the date for Oden's surgery was tentatively set for Feb. 13.
Feb. 13 has arrived, and Buchanan said via text message that he had "nothing... at this point" to report regarding Oden's left knee but that an Oden health update is "likely" expected "later this week."
This Friday, Feb. 17, would mark two weeks following Oden's right knee procedure.
Oden's left knee has been operated on twice before during his time with the Blazers. First, after Oden fractured his patella during a Dec. 2009 game, and then again after he suffered a non-contact injury during his rehabilitation process that required microfracture surgery in Nov. 2010.
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