US First Lady undergoes neck surgery
Saturday, September 8, 2007
United States First Lady Laura Bush underwent elective surgery on Saturday at George Washington University Hospital and is now "resting comfortably at the White House," according to spokeswoman Sally McDonough. Last month, the First Lady injured her neck and shoulder during a hiking trip.
The neck surgery, called posterior cervical foraminotomy, was performed to alleviate pressure on several pinched nerves in her neck.
The spokeswoman said the outpatient surgery was a minimally invasive procedure, and lasted about two-and-a-half hours.
After unsuccessful physical therapy treatments, doctors reportedly suggested surgery.
The First Lady reportedly spoke with the President during his trip back from the APEC forum and according to White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino "he [Bush] said she sounded very well...He looks forward to getting back to help her in the recovery."
- Associated Press. "First Lady Set For Elective Surgery" — , September 8, 2007
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- "First lady resting after elective surgery" — , September 8, 2007