Gov. Perry Recovering After Surgery, Hospitalization
DALLAS, TX – A spokesman says Governor Rick Perry is working from home after being hospitalized for minor back surgery Friday. Perry’s recovery comes as he weighs a campaign for the Presidency.
The Governor’s office described the surgery as a «minor procedure to repair a recurring back ailment.» Spokesman Mark Miner says the procedure was successful. It included «a small nerve decompression and small fusion.»
The Governor’s Chief of Staff Ray Sullivan said Perry spent two nights in the hospital but that he’d be back in action soon.
Sullivan: I talked to what we call the First Nurse today, Mrs. Perry, who said the Governor is doing well. He’s getting some rest and he’s doing very well.
Perry is an avid runner who competes in marathons and has previously suffered injuries common to runners.
Last year the Perry briefly turned over state duties to Lt Governor David Dewhurst when Perry underwent outpatient surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Doctors repaired a similar injury to Perry’s right knee in 2001.
The latest surgery comes as Perry considers a different kind of race- whether to run for the Presidency in 2012.
Perry Spokesman Mark Miner says Perry made business recruitment and other phone calls from home on Tuesday and should be able to resume an active schedule soon.