Umenyiora's agent, Tony Agnone, told the newspaper that Umenyiora traveled to the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., earlier this month to visit Marc Philippon, a hip specialist.
"Philippon wanted to perform surgery immediately, right after he looked at the MRI, yes," Agnone said in a telephone interview. "He looked at his schedule for that day and told Osi, 'I have some time this afternoon and can do this right away.' He was getting ready to do it."
However, Philippon, Umenyiora and the Giants' medical staff later agreed to try to manage the pain instead. Umenyiora won't make the injury worse by playing through it.
Agnone said he believes a possible work stoppage next year would be the perfect time for Umenyiora to have the surgery and fully recover.