Livingston’s knee surgery successful
Birmingham, AL (Sports Network) – Los Angeles Clippers guard Shaun Livingston
underwent successful reconstructive left knee surgery on Tuesday at St.
Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. James Andrews of the Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center
performed the surgery, which took three hours. Andrews was also assisted by
Dr. Bill Clancy of Aspen, Colorado and Clippers team physician Dr. Tony Daly.
Livingston dislocated the knee early in the first quarter of a 100-93
victory over Charlotte on February 26. After an MRI, it was determined
that he suffered several ligament tears. He tore the anterior cruciate
ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and lateral
meniscus. Livingston also suffered a patella dislocation, in addition to a
previously diagnosed tibia/femoral dislocation.
The anticipated recovery time is 8-to-12 months for the 21-year-old, who was
driving for a layup when he landed awkwardly on his left knee. His leg
bent backwards with the kneecap protruding to the side. Livingston
remained on the floor for a few minutes before being put on a stretcher and
wheeled off the court with 8:10 remaining in the quarter.
Livingston, the fourth overall selection in the 2004 NBA Draft, averaged 9.3
points and 5.1 assists in 54 games this season.