World Ranked No 23 Surfer Richie Lovett is undergoing hip surgery in Los Angeles, California to remove a rare malignant tumor. Lovett started experiencing problems with his right hip during the final stages of the 2005 top tier Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour (WCT).
Initial scans were done prior to the remaining few events of the season, the results of which indicated there was indeed a problem and that further tests needed to take place. After completing the 2005 season Lovett and wife Amanda, then preceded to fly out of his home base of Manly, NSW Australia, shortly after Christmas, to Los Angeles to seek specialist attention.
Post his initial surgery on January 3rd 2006, biopsy results came back detecting a rare malignant tumor. The official definition being a Clear Cell Chondrosarcoma, a low grade, very slow growing cancer tumor that does not respond to radiation or chemotherapy. The only option to remove the tumor has been to undergo another surgery. Lovett’s surgery is due to be completed on Monday 16th January 2006 at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
The surgery involves removing part of Lovett’s femur bone in his right leg and replacing it with an artificial prosthesis. This is the only way to make sure that surgeons extract all the tumor cells and that the chances of the tumor growing back are drastically reduced.
Obviously Lovett is completely blown away by the news, however he remains positive saying last week ” I will face this thing head on and fight. I’m staying positive mentally and I look forward to getting physically strong again soon.