“Just being aware of the genetic makeup of the body, I think that all plays a very, very big part of my recovery,” Stoudemire said.
He has been on an endless mission to undo damage already done. It all started with microfracture surgery on his arthritic left knee in 2005, an operation that involved punching tiny holes into the bone to increase blood flow and promote the growth of new cartilage.
But there are always limitations, said Dr. Alexis Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. “The new cartilage is never as good as the cartilage you were born with,” said Colvin, who was speaking generally and had no direct knowledge of Stoudemire’s case.