Four-time US Olympian Ryan Lochte is out of surgery and in recovery after having his appendix removed on Saturday.
“Hey everyone, surgery went AMAZING! I’m all good, I feel great right now,” Lochte posted on his Instagram account on Saturday after surgery. He also posted a picture of his first post-surgery meal, which was steak, french fries, and a Caeser salad.
His wife, Kayla Reid, was with him, in recovery, and posted more details on her Instagram account about his current status and what happened. Besides the appendicitis, Lochte also had a small hernia in his abdomen, and as of 10AM local time, Lochte was still in the hospital.
“He’s still in the hospital, he is doing okay, he’s doing fine, I think,” Reid said. “Still in some pain from the surgery. He had his appendix removed and he also happened to have a very tiny, tiny hernia in his belly button area.”
The couple was in California visiting Reid’s family when Lochte began feeling sick and went to the hospital.
“We were supposed to fly home yesterday, but we were kind of in and out of the hospital Friday night because he was in a lot of pain,” Reid continued. “They weren’t sure if it was his appendix. They were running a lot of tests on him because he was very, very sick and in a lot of pain. I told him I didn’t feel comfortable flying.
“So luckily we didn’t end up flying out, because we ended up going back to the hospital around 4AM on Saturday. Couldn’t be better timing, because I’m so thankful that we weren’t on the plane or something and (if) we were delayed we weren’t stuck somewhere.
“He’s in good hands and we’re just waiting for him to be able to be released.”
The 36-year old Lochte has won 6 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze medals across the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympics. Since the most recent Olympic Games in 2016, Lochte has served 2 suspensions: one for an infamous incident at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro, and the other for an anti-doping rules violation.
Since those 2016 Olympics, he also married his wife Kayla Reid, and the couple have had 2 children together.
In his first big meet after his latest suspension, last summer’s US National Championships, Lochte won the US National Title in the 200 IM. His time of 1:57.76 ranked him 12th in the world last year.