Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 10/4/13
After his sophomore year at Marquette, Dwyane Wade decided to have the meniscus in his left knee removed. It was a decision made for expediency's sake, the Heat guard suggests now, and one he regrets. Wade, who has battled knee problems throughout his 10-year NBA career and had to receive regular knee treatments through the second half of last season and the playoffs, believes that procedure in college caused more long-term issues for him. "My knee problems and the things I've dealt with started from that," Wade told ESPN.com. "That was [11] years ago, and technology was different, and the way you approach things was different. At the moment, if everyone looked ahead and said, 'Dwyane's going to have a 20-year career, maybe we should do something different,' maybe I wouldn't have [these knee problems]. At that time it was to get me back on the basketball court and do what was best." The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions the knee , according to WebMD. The menisci (there are two of them in each knee) keep the knee steady by balancing the weight across the knee. A torn meniscus -- not to mention one that is absent altogether -- can prevent the knee from working correctly. Russell Westbrook suffered a torn meniscus in the playoffs last season. Despite recent complications from the surgery , Westbrook had his meniscus repaired rather than removed. The Thunder say they are optimistic about Westbrook's chances for a near full recovery.
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