Published On: Fri, May 7th, 2021

Olympian Michael Klim shares more details about his throat surgery

Olympic gold medallist Michael Klim shares more details about his throat surgery at cancer hospital in Sydney – and says it’s been ‘a turbulent couple of years’ due to health issues

Australian Olympic swimmer Michael Klim has shared more details about his recent surgery at a renowned Sydney cancer hospital.

After alarming fans with a series of post-surgery selfies from his hospital bed, the former athlete explained the details of the procedure and opened up about his health battle.

‘Yesterday I had a benign cyst removed from my larynx,’ the 43-year-old shared on Instagram on Friday night.

‘I had a benign cyst removed from my larynx’: Australian Olympic swimmer Michael Klim has shared more details about his recent surgery at a renowned Sydney cancer hospital

‘Due to its tricky location I had the expertise of the renowned head and neck surgeons at Chris Obrien Lifehouse,’ he continued. 

‘I would like to thank everyone for their support and well wishes and to all the staff at [Lifehouse] who did an incredible job. Thank you to my good mate Dr Dave Zalcberg for always looking out for me. 

‘It’s been a very turbulent couple of years due to my health, I will share my journey with you once I’ve recovered from this recent surgery.’

Earlier that day, Klim revealed that he was managing his pain with medication following the procedure.

'Another procedure done': The 43-year-old revealed on Friday that he'd had a cyst removed from his throat at a specialist cancer hospital in Sydney

‘Another procedure done’: The 43-year-old revealed on Friday that he’d had a cyst removed from his throat at a specialist cancer hospital in Sydney

The world champion and Olympic gold medallist shared a series of photos and videos from his hospital bed while recovering at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, a cancer treatment center in Camperdown.

‘Another procedure done this time to remove a cyst in my throat,’ Michael captioned one selfie. ‘Enjoying the pain relief!’ he added. 

The gold medallist, who shares three children with ex-wife Lindy Klim, appeared to be staying positive despite the surgery. 

He also posted a video showing the view from his hospital window, as well as the various machines surrounding his bed.

'My nurse has arrived, I'm a lucky man': Michael is being supported by girlfriend Michelle Owen

‘My nurse has arrived’: Michael is being supported by his girlfriend, Michelle Owen (right)

‘My view for the next day or so!’ he wrote. Michael revealed his girlfriend, Michelle Owen, was supporting him in hospital.

He shared a video of Michelle helping him drink through a straw, and captioned it: ‘My nurse has arrived, I’m a lucky man.’ 

Michelle also shared a black-and-white photo of her boyfriend recuperating in hospital, and wrote: ‘Get well soon, lover.’ 

'My view for the next day or so': The gold medallist, who shares three children with ex-wife Lindy Klim, posted a video showing the various machines surrounding his bed

‘My view for the next day or so’: The gold medallist, who shares three children with ex-wife Lindy Klim, posted a video showing the various machines surrounding his bed

'Lucky to have him in my life': Michael also shared this selfie with a nurse at the hospital

‘Lucky to have him in my life’: Michael also shared this selfie with a nurse at the hospital

In July last year, he was spotted walking on crutches after breaking his leg in January.

Michael is one of Australia’s swimming greats, winning two relay gold medals at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, four golds at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, two golds at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and another two at the 2001 world championships and another gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

He retired from the pool in 2007, before announcing his return in 2011. However, his comeback bid ended when he failed to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics. 

Sporting legend: Michael is one of Australia's swimming greats, and famously won a gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games

Sporting legend: Michael is one of Australia’s swimming greats, and famously won a gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games

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