Mich. attorney general to have hip replacement surgery

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing — Attorney General Bill Schuette will be off duty for a couple of weeks later this month after he undergoes partial hip replacement surgery.

Schuette, 61, is going to have his left hip replaced March 16 to address a recurring pain he gets from running and skiing, spokeswoman Andrea Bitely said Tuesday.

The surgery will require a one-night hospitalization at the Mid-Michigan Medical Center, according to Schuette’s office.

But before he goes under the knife, the usually athletic politician plans to go skiing this weekend with his wife and family.

“He looks forward to skiing again next winter,” Bitely said.

Dr. David Bortel will perform Schuette’s hip replacement surgery, she said.

Schuette will be “back on duty” by March 30 after he undergoes a brief rehabilitation period and recovers from the surgery at his home in Midland, Bitely said.

During his rehabilitation, however, Schuette will be “fully managing the many activities of the department of attorney general,” Bitely said in a statement.

Schuette’s planned surgery comes after Gov. Rick Snyder was recently hospitalized for a blood clot in his right leg related to a ruptured tendon injury he sustained in early January while running on vacation in Florida.

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