Pau Gasol to have procedure to treat tendonosis in both knees

In hopes to eliminate the tendonosis from both of his knees, Lakers forward Pau Gasol plans to have a procedure Thursday that will involve eliminating scar tissue.

Gasol will undergo the so-called FAST Technique, a procedure the Lakers say will involve Dr. Steven Yoon of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Group inserting a probe into both of his knees. That will direct ultrasonic energy to eliminate scar tissue without damaging the healthy tissue.

The Lakers plan to release a timeline for Gasol’s recovery Thursday following his procedure.

Gasol suggested as early as the day prior to the Lakers’ Game 4 loss two weeks ago to San Antonio that he’d have some offseason work done on both of his knees. Gasol missed a total of 33 games due to various ailments, including knee tendonitis that sidelined him for eight games in early December. But Gasol said the injury lingered throughout the season. He averaged 13.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting and 8.6 rebounds through 49 games.

“I have to do something to regenerate the tissue,” Gasol said, “so I don’t have to play with this pain.”

RELATED:

Lakers report card: Pau Gasol’s play hinged on how he was featured in Mike D’Antoni’s system

Lakers report card: Steve Nash couldn’t overcome injury riddled season

Lakers report card: Dwight Howard’s navigated challenges, but will grow from them

Follow L.A. Daily News Lakers beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter. E-mail him at mark.medina@dailynews.com

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email