Seattle Storm center Lauren Jackson will undergo surgery to repair the labrum in her left hip, the team announced today.
The surgery is scheduled for Thursday morning, June 30, at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. Dr. Marc J. Philippon will perform the surgery and the estimated recovery is 8-12 weeks.
“This is a really, really tough decision,” said Jackson, “but after talking with my doctors and my family, we felt that immediate surgery is the best course of action. With something painful like this hip injury, I want to be especially proactive. I plan to stay in Seattle to be here with my team and try my best to be back on the court as soon as possible. My goal is to be at full strength by the end of the season.”
“Lauren informed me of her decision to have surgery yesterday,” Storm Head Coach Brian Agler said, “and I offered her our full support. We will miss her a great deal, but I have a lot of confidence in our team and know they will rise to the challenge. Every member of our team now has a greater opportunity to impact our season.”
The Storm just concluded a visit to the White House, celebrating the 2010 WNBA championship. The team travels Thursday to Connecticut for a game against the Sun, Fri., July 1. The road trip continues at Washington, July 3 and at Indiana, July 5. Seattle’s next home game is July 9 vs. Los Angeles.