Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday.
“After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday.
“This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said.
Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute.
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Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the procedure, known as an anterior cervical discectomy, with fusion at discs C5-7.
“Sen. Davis will return to an approved exercise routine and normal campaign schedule following the Easter holiday and a short break with her family,” Petkanas said.
Davis, a former Fort Worth councilwoman, announced last year that she was running for governor. In November, she faces Republican Attorney Greg Abbott for the job.