Philadelphia 76ers President and General Manager Ed Stefanski announced today that forward Elton Brand will undergo surgery on his right shoulder, which he dislocated on December 17, 2008 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
As a result of the surgery, Brand will miss the remainder of the 2008-09 season.
The surgery is scheduled for Monday afternoon at the Wilmington Surgery Center.
Brand’s MRI results were reviewed by team orthopedist and medical director Dr. Jack McPhilemy of Main Line Health System and Dr. Craig Morgan of the Morgan-Kalman Clinic in Wilmington, DE, who concluded that the initial tear of the labrum in Brand’s right shoulder is responsible for a considerable decrease in his range of motion and stability, both of which would prevent him from being effective on the court.
Following six weeks of non-operative and conservative treatment, including two weeks of testing it on a daily basis in live action, a determination was made that in order to reduce the risk of any further damage to the shoulder, surgery would be required.
“Elton wanted to do whatever he could to get back on the court and initially elected to forgo surgery in order to help his teammates,” Stefanski said.
“He worked as hard as he could over the past six weeks to return, however the scope the injury would not allow it.”
There were high expectations coming into the season when the Sixers signed Brand. Now that he is done for the season the Sixers will look to run-and-gun their way out of the first round.
Brand signed a five-year contract with the Sixers over the summer.