April 20, 2007
LOS ANGELES - UCLA sophomore Josh Shipp, the Bruins' second-leading scorer in 2006-07 at 13.3 points per game, had a successful outpatient arthroscopic left hip procedure performed by Dr. Carlos A. Guanche at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys, Calif., on Friday afternoon.
It was the same surgery that Shipp had on his right hip on Sept. 28, 2005. After missing all but four games of the 2005-06 season after the surgery, Shipp returned this year and started and played in 35 of the 36 games of the 2006-07 campaign.
According to Dr. Guanche, the procedure repaired a torn labrum (cartilage) and also included a removal of an area of bony overgrowth of the femoral neck. Guanche said rehabilitation should take 8-12 weeks (Shipp will spend the first month on crutches).
"The surgery went very well and Josh should be able to begin his rehabilitation next week," Dr. Guanche said. "It is a very common procedure among elite-level athletes such as Josh. I have performed this surgery on NBA, NFL and NHL athletes and all have returned to their high-level of competition."
Dr. Guanche is a family physician to the Shipp family. Approximately three years ago, he performed a successful arthroscopy hip procedure (unrelated to Josh's injury) on Joe Shipp, Josh's older brother, who played at California and was the Pac-10 leading scorer in 2003 (20.4 ppg).
"I'm very pleased that the surgery was a successful one and look forward to Josh making a complete recovery," said Bruin head coach Ben Howland. "He has ample time to recover and be ready to go at 100 percent full strength by the time we start back up again in October."
Shipp, a 6-5, 207-pound forward who in 2004 was a prep All-American at Fairfax HS in Los Angeles, was an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection in 2007. He averaged 30.1 minutes (No. 3 on the team), 13.3 points (No. 2 on the team), 3.9 rebounds (No. 4 on the team), 2.6 assists (No. 2 on the team) and 1.3 steals (No. 3 on the team). He scored in double figures in 25 of his 36 games this season and was named to the All-Final Four team by CollegeHoops.net after leading the Bruins in the national semifinal game against Florida with 18 points. He scored a season-high 24 points, twice (at Arizona on Feb. 17 and vs. Long Beach State on Nov. 28).
"The surgery went as well as expected and I am happy to have Josh home and recovering," Deborah Shipp (Josh's mother) said. "We elected to have this surgery as a precautionary measure. It came as a complete surprise to us because Josh played so well this year and his left hip really wasn't bothering him. But when we learned that he had a small tear in his labrum, after consulting with his doctor, we decided to have the procedure done."
At the request of the family, we ask that the media refrain from calling the Shipp family residence or cell phones this weekend to allow Josh to recover.