Easley to undergo shoulder surgery

July 28, 2008 6:12:14 PM PDT
Gov. Mike Easley will undergo surgery to fix torn tendons and remove bone spurs from his right shoulder. Easley's office said Monday the surgery at Duke Hospital in Durham will take about two hours Tuesday. The two-term Democratic governor will have to wear a sling for up to four weeks and probably will have to restrict activity until after he leaves office in January.

Easley physician Dr. Bill Garrett said the spurs are the result of extensive use of his shoulder in exercise and sports over the years. Easley underwent similar surgery in 2003 on his left shoulder.

The sling may make it difficult for Easley to sign bills into law with his writing hand. More than 100 bills from this year's legislative session are on his desk waiting for action.


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