(CNN) - Former first lady Barbara Bush was moved Saturday out of intensive care after undergoing heart surgery earlier this week, the former president's spokeswoman said.
Jean Becker, a spokeswoman for former President George H.W. Bush, said the former first lady would be in the hospital for about another week.
Doctors at Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston, Texas, performed a 2 1/2-hour surgery on Barbara Bush on Wednesday, and replaced her aortic valve with a pig valve.
"From our perspective, this was a very routine procedure, and we expect her to make an excellent recovery," Dr. Gerald Lawrie told reporters on Thursday.
Bush had experienced "severe narrowing of the main valve that lets the blood come out of the heart into the circulation," Lawrie said.
He said an echocardiogram showed her condition was "extremely severe." Typical symptoms of problems with an aortic valve include shortness of breath,
fatigue, weakness and swelling, he said.
Though his patient is 83, "she's a very fit lady," which helped make the operation a "relatively straightforward" procedure," he said.
Barbara Bush had been diagnosed with the problem less than a week before the surgery. Becker said the former president was visiting his wife Saturday at
Barbara Bush has forbidden her children, which include former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, from visiting until she leaves
the hospital, Becker said.
George H.W. Bush visited her shortly after the operation, saying "I've been a nervous wreck about it."
The former politician said he had received telephone calls of support from President Barack Obama and from surviving former presidents.
Asked to describe what occurred between the two when he saw her, he said, "I don't remember any words. I'm not the anecdotal one in the family. It was
just a reunion of two people who love each other."
Afterward, the former president turned to a hospital administrator and said, "I'm sorry I get emotional, but I can't help it."
Thank God for medical care! Mrs. Bush, I pray for your speedy recovery and future good health .
It really puts things in perspective....good health is a blessing.
I am very pleased that Barbara is doing well after her surgery. I wish her all the best.
Get well soon Mrs. Bush.
she is being reincarnated piece by piece
It would be nice if all Americans could get the excellent medical treatment the Bush family enjoys.
Wish her well. She has a great spirit.
Our prayers are with you Mrs. Bush. I just wish everyone in the US could afford this kind of care.
Too bad that the vast majority of Americans would probably lose everything if they had a similar health crisis. Not Barbara Bush, though... she'd probably think that bankruptcy due to medical bills was "working out quite well for them," as she said about Katrina victims that were stuck in the Superdome.
Although I don't support her family's politics, I wish Mrs. Bush the best for a speedy recovery!
Before any of you posters get too nasty, Mrs. Bush should be acknowledged for telling the GOP to drop the PRO-LIFE position from their platform, contrary to her then-President's official position.
You're a brave woman, Mrs. Bush! Godspeed!
Speedy recovery, Mrs. Bush. We're pulling for you!
We pray for you in recovery
Lucky Barbara Bush to have the money and the health insurance to have that kind of care. Think of all the Americans who don't get any medical care!
God Bless You Mrs. Bush and family!!
Most people that have that surgery are pushed from the ICU in 2 days, and released to go home in 2 more days.
I guess the insurance WE provide her gives more money for better care. Shame on us for allowing these injustices.
Maybe the human valve was the wrong one to begin with.
We wish you well. God Bless.
Betcha you don't have to worry about health insurance, eh Babs ? Oops, there I go talkin' like Sarah Palin again.
One of the most respected members in the Bush family.
All the best on a speedy recovery Mrs. Bush.
You and your husband did a great job in the White House. I wish you the best of luck.
Best wishes to the former First Lady!
lou March 7th, 2009 11:00 am ET
she is being reincarnated piece by piece
Lou Please do the world a favor and run into incomming traffic!
Good luck Barb we love you!
Andy Too bad that the vast majority of Americans would probably lose everything if they had a similar health crisis. Not Barbara Bush, though… she'd probably think that bankruptcy due to medical bills was "working out quite well for them," as she said about Katrina victims that were stuck in the Superdome.
Responsible Americans have health insurance. Get off your but and stop the pitty party ...or poor me it is so tough to live in America.
Typical needed democrat!!
Wishing her a speedy recovery.
God Bless you Mrs Bush.
My Prayers are with the former first Lady and her family.Rest and get well fast.