Former President George W. Bush underwent a partial knee replacement in Chicago on Saturday and returned back home to Texas on Monday. His spokesman Freddy Ford said via an email statement on Tuesday that he was “doing great,” and was able to “get up, walk around, and go up and down stairs just a couple hours after the procedure.” He said these were the only details of the former president’s surgery that he would be releasing.
George W. Bush has long been known for his love of physical activity. A noted fitness buff, he has hosted an annual 100-kilometer mountain bike ride in which he rides along with those injured in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan every year since he left the White House. He actually participated in that ride earlier in May at his Crawford, Texas ranch.
On Memorial Day the former president shared his message about America’s fallen war veterans.
He shared a message and picture on Memorial Day via Twitter as well.
— TheBushCenter (@TheBushCenter) May 26, 2014
George W. Bush is no stranger to medical procedures. In August 2013 he underwent a heart procedure to repair a blocked artery. He will likely bounce back from this knee replacement even faster than he did the simple heart procedure last summer.
Knee replacements and partial knee replacements have come a long way in the past few years. What once required several days of hospitalization and lots of post-op care and therapy now involves very little down time for patients, who typically regain lots of their motion lost due to the breakdown or damage to the knee.
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