Politics & Government

April 15, 2014

Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery

Texas’ Democratic gubernatorial candidate will have surgery to fix a “common issue,” her campaign says.

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.

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.

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