Dick Vitale had successful surgery on his vocal cords. The ESPN announcer tweeted an article from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune about his second operation in 4 months.

“I must be on voice rest for 2 weeks and then do a follow-up examination,” Vitale texted the Herald-Tribune, “but (Dr. Steven Zeitels of Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital) is very optimistic that I will return to doing what I love, calling college hoops games on ESPN. That is the best medicine I can receive.”

The Herald-Tribune details that Vitale had his first surgery in February to treat dysplasia, pre-cancerous growths on the vocal cords. The issue sidelined him from calling much of the 2021-22 college basketball season. Zietels said Thursday’s surgery went “better than expected,” Vitale told the Herald-Tribune.


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Vitale, 82, has dealt with numerous health issues over the last 2 years. In 2021, he was diagnosed with lymphoma and later melanoma. After successful treatment, Vitale made a brief return to broadcasting before stepping away to rest his vocal cords. In March, Vitale shared that a PET scan showed no cancer.

Hopefully, Vitale is calling games in the 2022-23 college basketball season.