Los Angeles Lakers striker Brandon Ingram underwent surgery on a thorax outlet decompression operation on Saturday, and according to ESPN sources, he is expected to fully recover in three to four months.
Ingram closed last week after a medical procedure Examining his sore right shoulder revealed a deep vein thrombosis – a condition caused by a blood clot. This clot was removed, and the Saturday procedure improved the flow in Ingram's upper body.
Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram will both miss the rest of the Lakers season with injuries. The Lakers were 15-8 when LeBron James, Ingram and Ball all played together this season, but the trio have not been together since Christmas.
"This could not have been a better evidence of clots," said Ingram's agent Jeff Schwartz to ESPN.
With Ingram's constitution unsure last week, former NBA players who had to retire because of clot problems, Chris Bosh and Mirza Teletovic, were often cited as comparable cases with Ingram. However, Ingram, the number two Duke Lakers in 2016, had a condition related to the composition of his body rather than the composition of his blood.
"There is a difference between day and night a hematological problem or a blood problem, however you want to phrase it, and a structural problem," Schwartz told ESPN. "It had nothing to do with his blood producing something that would cause blood clots, which was purely structural."
Ingram's trial was written by Dr. Ing. Hugh Gelabert performed at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the team said. It is a relatively common practice for professional athletes who repeatedly perform arm movements over their heads, such as baseball players, golfers and swimmers.
Part of the normal practice of decompression surgery at the thoracic outlet requires that the patient have blood thinners for one to two months, but then no longer needs to be used. Ingram could be back on the field after just eight weeks, sources told ESPN. The return to full basketball activities lasted another four to eight weeks.
He is expected to rejoin the Lakers (31-38). Sometime before the end of the regular season he is in the team.
Ingram played the best basketball of his three-year career before injuring him. The 6-foot-9, 190-pound striker scored a career best of 18.3 points and 5.1 rebounds this season on average, and has been particularly successful since the All-Star break. According to ESPN Stats & Information, he scored an average of 27.8 points in his six games after his All-Star Break scores before the shoulder problem arose.
"He's in a good mood and Brandon will recover completely." Schwartz told ESPN.