Wendy Davis recovering from surgery

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Surgery on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ neck to relieve shoulder and right arm pain went well this week, and she is recovering at home.

“Sen. Davis’ surgery was a success,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement. “She is resting comfortably.

“She is grateful to those who expressed their well wishes and looks forward to seeing friends back on the campaign trail following a short break after the Easter holiday.”

The surgery, a routine outpatient procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative disks that were “creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” was performed Wednesday by Dr. Thomas Ellis at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute.

Davis’ campaign said this is a common issue experienced by endurance athletes and runners. The procedure to relieve it is known as an anterior cervical diskectomy, with fusion at disks C5-7.

Petkanas has said Davis, 50, will resume “an approved exercise routine and normal campaign schedule following the Easter holiday and a short break with her family.”

Davis, a former Fort Worth councilwoman, announced last year that she was running for governor. In November, she faces Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610 Twitter: @annatinsley

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