Alex Rodriguez will miss 4-6 weeks after having surgery to repair a slightly torn meniscus in his right knee earlier this week, but one of the doctors that treated Bartolo Colon says that a stem cell procedure would have had Alex back much sooner. Pedro Briceno of Listin Diario has the report (here’s the translated version). Dr. Sergio Guzman said the entire procedure, which would involve extracting live stem cells and fatty tissue from A-Rod‘s body and injecting them into the knee, would have taken about three hours and had him back on the field in two days. Two days!
Stem cells aren’t illegal and they’re used every day all around the world. I’m all in favor of anything that can help get people (not just athletes) healthy as soon as possibly. Either way, I think we’ve just seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to stem cell treatment in sports.