The second procedure took place on January 25, 2012. This procedure was performed to take cartilage from one part of his knee and place it where he lost cartilage in the weight-bearing portion of his knee.
The third procedure was performed in early July, 2012, when he traveled to visit Dr. Peter Wehling in Dusseldorf, Germany. This procedure is described as a type of plasma therapy.
This takes the patient’s blood, removes the anti-inflammatories and then re-injects the anti-inflammatories to promote healing. Dr. Wehling performed the same procedure on Alex Rodrigues and Kobe Bryant. Vilma stated he was able to run for the first time after the third procedure.
The Saints have steadfastly steered away from claiming Vilma’s suspension was the reason they sought and obtained free agent Curtis Lofton who is seen as a replacement for Vilma.
And certainly Vilma felt his injury was more the reason for this free agent acquisition than his suspension. Vilma took exception to a tweet from Peter King of Sports Illustrated.