September 17th, 2009
12:01 PM ET
5 years ago

Cheney undergoes back surgery

Cheney is undergoing surgery at The George Washington University Hospital.
Cheney is undergoing surgery at The George Washington University Hospital.

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney is undergoing surgery on his back Thursday, his office announced.

"Former Vice President Cheney went to The George Washington University Hospital this morning for elective surgery to deal with lumbar spinal stenosis. Dr. Anthony Caputy, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, will perform the operation," a spokeswoman said.


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soundoff (241 Responses)
  1. Pat in Omaha

    I hope is surgery is successful.

    And then I hope he starts supporting the healthcare bill so others will have the same chance to have "elective" surgery.

    No one should be denied the chance for a better life!

    September 17, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. BUTTACAVOLI

    I hope your not counting on obamas health care. Get well soon.

    September 17, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. They call me "Tater Salad"

    Like anyone really gives a crap!

    September 17, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Rick

    Good thing he has government provided health insurance!

    September 17, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. CJG

    A heavy heart and carrying a heavy load of guilt could cause back problems.
    So possibly this is a sign of remorse

    September 17, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. James

    I would like to know what type of health insurance Mr. Cheney has. He frequently has surgeries and certainly has pre-existing conditions so I'm wondering if his premiums are sky high. Does he have private insurance since he is no longer employed by the government and how much are his premiums.

    September 17, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. big daddy

    Be Nice People !!!

    September 17, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Dick_NH

    Cheney has a spine ??

    September 17, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Susan J.

    When did he develop a real spine?

    September 17, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Meka

    Should have been BRAIN SURGERY!

    September 17, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Health Insurance for this windbag

    I hope this creep has health Insurance to pay for this elective surgery. And I hope he suffers as much as the men he sent to death and pain in Iraq in a war that was based on a lie. As a war profiteer, this creep used his position of power to enrich himself personally, which is about as low as you can go. And now he criticizes Obama for undoing some of the evil his administration brought us. He is truly an evil man and deserves to suffer. He deserves no compassion.

    September 17, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Karma

    One of very many to come.

    September 17, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. elmerg

    I'd like to know who is paying fro this surgery? The taxpayers?
    That would be socialism!

    September 17, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Lynne

    Why hasn't Cheney been dumped for preexisting dieases??

    September 17, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Elizabeth in Florida

    Do you think Mr. Cheney has good health insurance for this elective procedure?

    September 17, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Scott, Tucson

    At least unlike Obama and Biden, Cheney has a backbone.

    September 17, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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