Kobe Bryant returned to Germany this past week to be treated with a blood derived treatment (Orthokine) again for his knee. He has had this treatment in the past at least twice before. It involves drawing blood and incubating it over a 24 hour period and then reinjecting a component of blood that has anti-inflammatory properties. It is similar but not exactly the same as platelet-rich plasma therapy. It would be most interesting to learn about how this has helped him over the years and in what specific ways. He clearly has thousands of miles of basketball on his knees and is also recovering from multiple other injuries. We do not, however, have any data about the status of his knee cartilage or joint before or after any of these treatments. Here is a detailed description of the "Orthokine" treatment.
Kobe has with his travel and his wallet voted in favor of this treatment. It will be quite interesting to see how he plays this year in the NBA. It will also be instructive to follow Kobe's future medical interventions as a way of measuring the value of the one he just had in Germany.