Bulls Joakim Noah to Undergo Thumb Surgery Tomorrow, Could Miss 10 Weeks


Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has bravely battled plantar fascitis last season. Playing through the pain, he blossomed into one of the best youne rebounders in the NBA, and a double-double machine. His 2010-11 season will be much like his ’09-10, in that Noah will be battling a nagging injury through it. He could miss as much as ten weeks.

It was announced tonight that he will have surgery to repair a torn ulna collateral ligament in his right thumb.  The surgery will be performed tomorrow morning by Dr. Mark Cohen and Dr. John Fernandez of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center.

Noah was first injured in the Nov. 27 game at Sacramento, and he has played the last two weeks with ongoing discomfort and slight functional impairment.   Additionally, Noah has had significant sprains of his right index and middle fingers, which will not require surgery.

“Joakim’s injury presentation was unusual in that he was able to function at a high level with the injury.  More often, athletes are unable to play at all due to pain and instability of the thumb,” said Chicago Bulls Head Team Physician Brian Cole.

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