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George W. Bush has second knee surgery

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Former President George W. Bush should be back on his feet in no time.

Bush, 68, had his left knee partially replaced over the weekend, less than two months after having the same surgery on his right knee.

He was already heading home Monday morning after the outpatient surgery at Rush University Medical Center’s Midwest Orthopaedics in Chicago.

“He’s looking forward to getting back on his mountain bike in a few weeks,” his spokesman Freddy Ford said..

Long considered one of the county’s most physically fit presidents, Bush has undergone three surgeries in the past year — one for each knee and one after Dallas doctors found a blockage in one of his heart arteries and inserted a stent to ease it.

Bush, president from 2001 to 2009, has long been an avid jogger. But he had to change his workout routine in 2003 because of a torn meniscus in his knee.

By late 2004, damage was found in both knees, and he took up mountain biking, which he has continued with, along with golf and other outdoor sports.

In May 2004, toward the end of his first term, Bush fell from his mountain bike during a 17-mile ride. He was wearing a helmet and mouth guard but had scrapes and scratches on his face, hand and knees. In July 2005, he crashed his bike on slick pavement in Scotland and suffered bruises and scrapes.

In May, Bush hosted the fourth annual Warrior 100K at his Crawford ranch — a three-day, 100-kilometer mountain bike ride for U.S. service members seriously injured in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dr. Richard Berger of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush performed both of Bush’s partial knee replacements as outpatient surgery.

Bush and his wife, Laura, live in Dallas, having moved back there after leaving the White House in 2009. Bush took up painting after leaving office, and his work has been featured on Christmas ornaments since.

The country’s 43rd president generally maintained a low profile until last year, when he drew worldwide attention for the formal opening of his presidential center at Southern Methodist University.

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

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