(8/19/03) 1996 U.S. champion and World bronze medalist Rudy Galindo underwent successful hip replacement surgery Tuesday morning, Aug. 19, at the Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nev.
Galindo had recently finished touring with Champions on Ice and, according to doctors, had obviously skated with a broken femur on his left side.
"It's truly amazing that he skated at a high level with such pain," Galindo's doctors said.
The new procedure used was "ceramic-on-ceramic," and it will be followed by a second similar operation on Galindo's right hip in approximately six weeks. Doctors expect a complete recovery after 5-6 months of therapy.
"I will return to the ice stronger and better than I've ever been," Galindo said from his hospital room. "I expect to tour with Champions again next spring."
Galindo has already overcome many serious obstacles in his athletic career, including the deaths of his father, brother and coaches, a split from pairs partner Kristi Yamaguchi, and testing positive for HIV. He has remained a skating star of many tours and ice shows over the last eight years.