Speaking to reporters in Miami after the Heat were eliminated from the postseason by the Chicago Bulls, Wade said he planned to meet with doctors to decide if surgery might be required on the shoulder he dislocated in February.
"In the next few days I'll get the MRIs on my knee and my shoulder and take it from there," he said.
Later in the interview, he let slip that surgery on the shoulder is likely and that he wasn't thinking about missing Olympic qualifying games.
"My plan is, right now, it's surgery, so I can't say what I'm going to do with [Team USA]," Wade said. "My main thing, for me, is health, and it's for my team more so than anything. I've got to get with the doctors and see."
Wade's publicist later said that the All-Star hadn't decided whether surgery was the best option.
The recovery time from the surgery is between four and six months, according to the Miami Herald.
Wade, who dislocated his shoulder and tore his labrum on Feb. 21, opted for rehab instead of surgery so he could return for the playoffs. The Bulls ended Miami's season Sunday by sweeping the Heat out of the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Wade's left knee has also bothered him this season, so an MRI is scheduled to check for injuries other than tendinitis.