Al Jefferson underwent minor arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle yesterday due to discomfort caused by a tendon. The procedure was more exploratory than anything else. Team physician Dr. Brian McKeon performed the operation assisted by Dr. Mark Slovenkai at New England Baptist Hospital. Jefferson will begin rehabilitation immediately and the Celtics medical staff expects the power forward ready to compete in training camp at the start of October.
The surgery, however, represents a setback for Jefferson as he prepares for his third NBA season. Following a disappointing sophomore campaign curtailed by two ankle sprains (one right, one left), Jefferson hoped to be in the best shape of his career by the start of training camp. Since the end of the season, he had lost a significant amount of weight in an effort to be in the best condition possible for playing an uptempo style. To vary his strength and conditioning routine and gain some valuable playing time, Jefferson participated in the Las Vegas summer league even though his right ankle was not fully healed and he suffered some pain from a lingering bone bruise in the joint. Jefferson sprained his right ankle Feb. 3 against the Clippers.
It has been a busy time for McKeon, who performed left knee surgery on Wally Szczerbiak in April, then operated on Kendrick Perkins (left shoulder) before attending to Jefferson. McKeon is scheduled to perform surgery on Paul Pierce (left elbow) on Aug. 9. If all goes well throughout each players’ rehabilitation program, they should be ready to go for preseason. Szczerbiak and Perkins are reportedly on schedule.