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Michael Porter undergoes second back surgery

Ronnie Mimran M.D.

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Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter underwent a second lumbar surgery, just a few months after having a microdiscectomy.  Details on the second surgery are scarce, but it likely was one of two things.  The first, and more likely possibility, is that there was recurrent or residual disc material near the nerve, and Porter was having ongoing symptoms that were not resolving.  This surgery would be very similar to the initial microdiscectomy, and will set his timeline back.  Return to play would probably be around 3-6 months.  The second possibility for the surgery is that he had a spinal fluid leak.  Surgery for this is rare, but sometimes necessary (this is the surgery that Steve Kerr required twice).  This has a shorter timeline to return to play, likely 6-8 weeks.

Dr. Mimran is board certified in neurosurgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. His practice focuses on surgical and non-surgical treatment of brain and spine disorders, with an emphasis on minimally invasive and image-guided techniques for the spine. He has a broad experience with the neurosurgical care of the injured athlete and serves as a consultant for multiple different professional sports teams. Dr. Mimran received his BS in physiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his medical training at the University of Southern California, where he graduated with honors. He completed a residency in neurological surgery at the University of Florida. along with a clinical fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery. Following his neurosurgical residency, Dr. Mimran moved to the Bay Area and joined the team at Pacific Brain and Spine Medical Group, in Danville, California. Dr. Mimran has received numerous awards and honors, earning the Patients’ Choice Award for seven consecutive years, and gaining recognition as a five-year honoree of the Compassionate Doctor Award, among others. He is also a leading educator in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery and navigated spine surgery, and has taught over 200 courses worldwide.

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Not one, not two, but a total of three Lakers have been sidelined with impactful injuries, just within the past thirty days. First, it was four time MVP, Lebron James, just weeks after, it was veteran back-up point guard, Rajon Rondo, and now as we speak, starting point guard, Lonzo Ball. Ball’s injury was sustained moments after the second year point-guard caught a skip pass, coming from the far, right corner to the top of the key. After receiving the pass, Ball headed straight towards the rim but when cut off by Houston Rockets wing, James Ennis, his ankle gave out as he gingerly fell onto the court. Ball had to exit the game for its entirety and was unable to walk off the court under his own power.

Quite frankly this injury comes at an inopportune time for both parties- the Lakers and Ball. Not only will Ball’s inherited gifts such as his length, size, and athleticism be missed, but also the incessant improvements to his outside shooting and defense that have shown through, recently. From an X’s and O’s adjustment standpoint, look for the Lakers to utilize Brandon Ingram more as a primarily ball handler in the starting lineup. His length and adept ball-handling skills advertise him as a viable candidate to get the ball up and the down court in an efficient manner. Ingram is also a worthy interim-replacement because he sticks to the script when it comes to getting his team into their offensive sets. In other words, his game doesn’t embody many selfish tendencies which makes it easier for other players to involve themselves in the offense. That being said, even though Ingram may be their best option, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the main approach will be to move the ball via competent passing. Ingram isn’t equipped with nearly as much speed in the open court like Lonzo; therefore, it is more feasible to put emphasis on passing as the main mode for movement because the ball always outruns humans.

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