Politics & Government

May 27, 2014

George W. Bush recovering after knee replacement surgery

The president walked up and down a flight of stairs a few hours after the surgery.

Former President George W. Bush is already home in Dallas after undergoing a partial knee replacement over Memorial Day weekend at a Chicago hospital.

Bush, long considered one of the nation’s most physically fit presidents, had outpatient surgery at Rush University Medical Center’s Midwest Orthopaedics, reports show.

“He did have a successful outpatient partial knee replacement surgery on Saturday in Chicago,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford said. “He came back to Dallas yesterday, where he is home recovering quickly.”

Bush, 67, was able to walk up and down a flight of stairs a few hours after the surgery.

The latest surgery comes less than a year after Dallas doctors found a blockage in one of Bush’s heart arteries and inserted a stent to ease it.

Bush, who served as 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.

This month, 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.

He also hosts an annual golf tournament for wounded warriors.

After leaving the White House, he and his wife, Laura, moved back to Dallas.

He maintained a low profile until last year, when he drew worldwide attention for the formal opening of his presidential center at Southern Methodist University.

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