Gymnast Hypolito fully recovered from knee surgery
Two-time world champion Diego Hypolito said Thursday he has fully recovered from knee surgery and will be at full strength to contend for a medal at the London Olympics.
Hypolito, a floor specialist, underwent arthroscopic surgery two weeks ago to repair the meniscus in his right knee and said he will be able to return to practice next week.
He was expected to be inactive for 30 days.
"The movement is totally perfect, even better than in the other knee. I don't feel any pain," Hypolito said. "I was very dedicated in the recovery process, I didn't lose the focus."
Hypolito said he will slowly return to practice next week, but in the following week he will be training regularly again.
"This is my fifth surgery, but it didn't make me suffer, on the contrary," he said. "It motivated me even more to overcome this. It was just another obstacle which I overcame, with my head held high. I will get back to practice with a lot of dedication to reach my goal of winning an Olympic medal in London. If I can't win it, it won't be because of this surgery."
Hypolito also needed knee surgery before the 2008 Olympics. He recovered and was a medal contender in Beijing, but made a mistake in the final and finished sixth. His first surgery was in 2005.
Hypolito said he expects to be competing again at the World Cup event in Croatia in about a month.
Dr. Wagner Castropil said they decided to conduct the surgery because the simple procedure didn't require a lot of recovery time and should remove the pain that had been bothering the Brazilian and keeping him from practicing properly.
"It was a simple surgery," said Henrique Jatoba, a doctor at the Brazilian Olympic Committee. "Diego surprised us, his recovery was very good. He is improving very nicely."