Andrew Bynum visits ortho specialist about knees

USA Today —March 5, 2013

Injured 76ers center Andrew Bynum wasn't at the Wells Fargo Center for Philadelphia's game against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night because he was visiting his longtime orthopedist, Dr. David Altchek of Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, for an examination of his ailing knees.

The 7-foot, 300-pound Bynum, whose right knee continued to swell more than a week after taking part in his first practice of the season on Feb. 22, is considering arthroscopic surgery and no longer confident he'll play for the Sixers this season.

"We're all trying to gather information and see what the best course of action is," Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo said. "I'm sure Altchek will have an opinion, our doctors will have an opinion, and Andrew, basically, will have an opinion. It's just gathering information now. And like I said before, he'll continue to rehab and see how that goes. The option of washing it out [with arthroscopic surgery], we'll see what happens there."

Bynum has been sidelined by bone bruises and damaged cartilage in his knees since September. The Sixers acquired him from the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team trade in August.

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