REPLACEMENT SURGERY SCHEDULED
Posted: Oct. 22, 2003
DOVER -- Governor Ruth Ann Minner
will undergo routine knee replacement surgery on Monday to replace
the joint in her left knee.
Gov. Minner will have the
surgery performed at Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital
in Dover. After a few days at Kent General, she will move to a
rehabilitation center in Milford, where she is expected to stay for
a few more days. After that, Gov. Minner expects to take part in
regular physical therapy sessions for several weeks.
Dr. Steven Tooze of Dover,
Gov. Minner’s surgeon, said the surgery is very common and Gov.
Minner is in good health overall.
“The Governor has a good
overall medical condition and a positive attitude and I expect a
straightforward procedure, followed by a course of rehabilitation,”
Dr. Tooze said.
Gov. Minner said she plans
to resume conducting state business by phone and with staff the day
after the surgery. Once she leaves the rehabilitation center, she
will likely be walking with assistance, such as a cane, for a period
“My doctor says that I must
be very diligent about my therapy as my new knee and I get used to
each other, but I can expect to be back to meetings and events in a
week or two,” Gov. Minner said.
According to the American
Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, approximately 267,000 knee
replacement surgeries are performed each year. During the surgery,
worn cartilage and bone in the knee are replaced with plastic and
metal components, restoring function to the knee and reducing pain.
“Unfortunately for some of
us, our joints wear out before we do. But modern medicine has some
amazing ways to replace them,” Gov. Minner said. “I expect my knee –
which has given me some trouble in the last few months – to feel as
good as new after this surgery and I’m certainly looking forward to
Gov. Minner previously had
surgery to repair her left knee in 1998. The plan is for Gov. Minner
to receive regional anesthesia during the surgery Monday, which is
expected to take a few hours.
Gov. Minner leaves Thursday
morning for a Council of State Governments Executive Committee
meeting in Pittsburgh and will return Sunday, the day before her
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