Barbour received back surgery
April 18th, 2011
04:54 PM ET
12 years ago

Barbour received back surgery

(CNN) - Republican Mississippi Gov. and potential 2012 candidate Haley Barbour had surgery on his lower back Monday morning.

The minimally invasive, out-patient surgery at the River Oaks Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi addressed an issue "commonly encountered in active individuals and former athletes," according to a press release from Barbour's office.

Dr. Jack Moriarity who performed the surgery said the procedure relieved pressure on his back nerves that caused discomfort.

"I received immediate relief, and I expect to be back to work full time this week," Barbour said in a statement.

–CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston

    Barbour needs to than the people of Mississippi for the government paid insurance affording surgery for the pain in his back while they suffer from the pain of his poor governorship.

    April 18, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Squigman

    The spine can only take so much. Supporting a paunch, the size of Mississippi, is, or would be hard on any back bone. Just another example of an over fed, under worked blowhard that needs to exercise something other than his gums.

    April 18, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. diridi

    this is the guy for our POTUS....lord bless us, and this nation....

    April 18, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    They put in a tube to release the gas.

    April 18, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Cincinnatian

    Former athlete...Sumo wrestler???

    April 18, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. maine liberal

    paid for no doubt by his government health insurance

    April 18, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Talk about PORK. Too much of that already in DC. Look at the earmarks for farm subsidies for Bachman's family.

    April 18, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Kim

    Perhaps he could have some medical procedure that would transplant current social mores into him, instead of his backward, neanderthalic vision of society and race.

    April 18, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Coleslaw Boy

    You mean Haley was in Mississippi? Lame Duck if there ever was one. He's using the people's money to try and run for president. He's an idiot to even think people will take him seriously.

    April 18, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Daniel

    Active individuals? What a yuck. Former athlete...meaning baseball in H. S.?

    April 18, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Steve

    I'm not surprised he needed back surgery considering the Rock of Gibralter he is carrying on the front side. It's nice to have health insurance, Haley; isn't it?

    April 18, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    "commonly encountered in active individuals and former athletes,"

    Emphasis on "FORMER"...

    April 18, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Warren

    Weight had nothing to do with it... LOL

    April 18, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. C. Howe Yulikit

    "commonly encountered in active individuals and former athletes" and people with huge beer guts. Of course he paid for this with his own privately purchased health insurance, right? I mean, since he's actively campaigning and not working as Governor he can't use his MS gov't insurance, can he? Really? Seriously?

    April 18, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Having had back trouble for 35 years I know his pain. I still would not have surgery. That being said...I am a proud liberal that has much empathy for his pain. I hope he recovers fully and without much discomfort.

    April 18, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. kayla

    back surgery that we pay for. how you like that?

    April 18, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. Chris

    Barbour's office portrayed this as a procedure "commonly encountered in active individuals and former athletes"!?! The fact that his office would try to spin this message from one of obvious obesity and poor physical shape to portray this overweight man as an athlete (utterly ridiculous in itself) shows that they will lie about far more important matters. This absurd "spin" on a seemingly insignificant matter, is a clear warning not to trust this man or his staff.

    April 18, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    well I hope he had good healthcare since many in the GOP don't seem to care if anyone else has any.

    April 18, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston

    He probably got by-pass surgery.

    April 18, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  20. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    you should be thankful Gov Haley that we are not on the Ryan budget plan and you're not a regular citizen. You'd probably just have a sore back because I'm sure that voucher the GOP plans to give you would not even pay for backache pill.

    April 18, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |