Mata Has Arthroscopic Procedure on Right Knee

June 16, 2006

UCLA junior center Lorenzo Mata on Friday, at the UCLA Medical Center outpatient surgery facility, had a 45 minute arthroscopic procedure on his right knee, performed by UCLA team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman.

According to Finerman, a small tear of Mata's medial meniscus was removed. Following a rehabilitation period of 3-4 weeks, Mata should be able to resume normal workout activity. Finerman said that Mata had been having pain in his right knee and an MRI showed an abnormal signal in his meniscus.

On Jan. 12 in Pauley Pavilion, in UCLA's 63-61 victory over Washington State, Mata suffered a nondisplaced right tibial plateau fracture and missed 14 games. Following today's surgery, Finerman stressed that the fracture has healed completely and there is no residual damage to the joint.

After missing 14 games, Mata did return to play in UCLA's final nine contests. For the season, he appeared in 21 games, started eight, and averaged 14.0 minutes, 3.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots, and shot .500 (27-54) from the field.

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