Gov. Daniels undergoes rotator cuff surgery
February 17th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Gov. Daniels undergoes rotator cuff surgery

Washington (CNN) - Indiana's Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is considering a possible bid for the White House in 2012, underwent outpatient surgery on his shoulder Thursday.

A statement from the governor's office said he had a successful operation to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

The 61-year-old Daniels underwent the procedure at Indiana Orthopedic Hospital Northwest, and he was home a few hours later.

Dr. Sandy Kunkel, the surgeon who performed the operation, said: "The surgery went just as planned. The governor is in great physical shape and his recovery should be a quick one".

A spokesman said Daniels would return to the office next week with a light schedule. He is expected to go to Cincinnati Wednesday for a speech before a Hamilton County, Ohio GOP dinner.

CNN affiliate WTHR said an MRI this week disclosed the rotator cuff problem. The station said he had experienced pain in the right shoulder since he slipped and fell taking out the trash in December 2009.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Gov. Hosni Mubarak Walker from Wisconsin

    All paid for by Indiana insurance, and he is even allowed to draw a paycheck even though he is not working for a week.

    February 17, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Bill NY

    From some of the things I've heard him say I'm surprised it was not for brain surgery.

    February 17, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Margie

    Oh my goodness CNN you spelled that wrong. It should say BRAIN surgery. And we all hope it makes him a fellow human being and not the jerk he has been.

    February 17, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    All paid for by Indiana insurance and the unemployment check he'll receive and don't forget the medical research that's supported by taxpayers for advanced medical technology that's always underway. Think about it, Americans pay for medical research but can't have healthcare.

    February 17, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Sgt Schultz

    He called for a "truce" in the Culture War to strip women and families of their rights. What a generous man. Instead the GOP will focus on destroying worker rights, breaking-up unions or abolishing Public Education.

    February 17, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    Okay, he slipped and fell taking himself out in December. Sorry, he was taking the trash out. No difference.
    I thought it might have been one too many handball or golf swing. My bad.
    I bet he is glad he has very good health insurance and doesn't have to worry about losing his house or car or not sending his kids to college, etc., etc., etc.

    February 17, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. ca young

    just another repug jerk off. must have been doing it too much!

    February 17, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    The article says he injured himself while he was taking out the trash. I question the validity that statement. Please explaine how he could take himself out.

    February 17, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |