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· Joe Lauzon out 12 to 14 Months

· Article author: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Posted on 02/26 at 06:35 PM

According to Joe Lauzon's website, and what can be considered straight from the horse's mouth, Lauzon has suffered an ACL injury that will leave him sidelined and out of the cage for 12 to 14 months.  A veteran of two previous knee surgeries, this latest outing will be his most extensive knee surgery to date.

Lauzon will go under the knife in the upcoming week.  The procedure will include an ACL reconstruction using tissue from a cadaver, and a meniscus repair where the  crescent-shaped fibrocartilaginous structure within the knee is repositioned and stiched into place. 

In Lauzon's own words the surgery will create a siginificant obstacle for his ability to train and fight in the short term, and the prospect of a lengthy, drawn-out, and difficult rehab doesn't necessarily equate to an entirely optimistic outlook on recovery.

"ACL surgery should fix that, but its a very long rehab and my knee may never be the same again. There are three options for the surgery (patella, hamstring and cadaver). Each has different advantages and disadvantages. I was going to do the Patella but have been convinced to go the Cadaver route.

Long story short… I will be off my feet for a month to a month and a half… training SUPER light in about 4 or 5 months… training decently hard in about 9 months and fighting in around 12-14 months. Its going to be a long rehab… but thats how it goes."

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