Dick Vitale needs another surgery, plans to return for 45th season


ESPN college basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale is preparing for two vocal cord surgeries and up to eight weeks of complete “voice rest.”

Vitale, 84, said in a social media statement that he plans to return for a 45th season following his recovery from a surgery planned for July 11. Vitale said the latest news came in an appointment with Dr. Stephen Zeitels.

“Rec’d some bad news, but when I realize it is minor to what some face daily I will fight to recover. Dr Zeitels acclaimed vocal cord surgeon has informed me my past issues on my vocal cords have returned. I must have 2 surgeries this summer-1st July 11 need ur (prayers),” Vitale posted via Twitter on Thursday.

“The biggest challenge is that I am currently on voice rest in preparation for surgery on July 11 & post surgery I must be on total voice rest for 6-8 weeks in recovery. That part is so frustrating as I feel trapped not being able to express myself. The positive news Dr Z is optimistic to have me ready for my 45th yr on @espn.”

In January 2022, Vitale was diagnosed by Zeitels with dysplasia on the vocal cords and underwent surgery.

He was declared cancer-free in April 2022 after undergoing chemotherapy to treat lymphoma on the heels of a diagnosis he first shared in October 2021.

Vitale called ESPN’s first college basketball broadcast in the company’s first year of existence in 1979.

–Field Level Media

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