Avascular necrosis (AVN), the damaging hip condition that Rudy was diagnosed with in summer, 2002, has necessitated surgical repair to restore function and eliminate increasingly severe pain. He will have total replacement of both hips. The first surgery is scheduled for August 19 in Reno; the second will be approximately six weeks later.
He will have the recently FDA cleared ceramic-on-ceramic hip implants that are now being used for younger, active people requiring the procedure.
Rudy plans to take the better part of a year off for surgery and to recover and rehabilitate. His goal is to skate and perform again. According to his surgeon, he will be able to do this; according to Rudy he will do it!
Some good news about Rudy's health came at the right time prior to surgery in his latest HIV-related blood work--C4 cell count over 600 and viral load undetectable.
There is more information--and will be more as it becomes available--on Rudy's web site: www.rudy-galindo.com/news.htm
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