September 8th, 2007
12:45 PM ET
13 years ago

First Lady resting after successful surgery

WASHINGTON (CNN) - First lady Laura Bush was "resting comfortably at the White House" Saturday following a successful surgery to relieve pinched nerves in her neck, according to a statement from her press secretary, Sally McDonough.

McDonough said the 2 1/2-hour procedure was conducted at the George Washington University Hospital by a team led by Dr. Anthony Caputy, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and co-director of the Neurological Institute. Dr. Richard Tubb, U.S. Air Force brigadier general and physician to the president, consulted in the procedure, she said.

The procedure, called a posterior cervical foraminotomy, was described as "minimally invasive."

McDonough said the first lady spoke with President Bush, who was aboard Air Force One on his way back from Australia, after the surgery. Bush attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Sydney.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. George Jordan

    All the best to the First Lady with her recent surgery.

    PEI, Canada

    September 8, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. CM

    I do wish her well...her poor husband has been living on Rice for the past week.

    September 8, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  3. Tutu Boras Sweden

    i wish her speedy recovery too

    September 8, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. lee

    The answer to your pain in the neck is... DIVORCE!

    In all sincerity, I suffer from the same problem, and it is pure hell. I only wish you the very best.

    September 9, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |