Koch Recovering from Heart Surgery

The 84-year-old mayor is doing as well as expected after a challenging open heart procedure

Friday, Jun 19, 2009  |  Updated 3:57 PM CDT
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Former Mayor Ed Koch Goes in for Surgery

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Former New York mayor Ed Koch was in good spirits Friday morning ahead of his scheduled heart surgery.

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Former Mayor Ed Koch Goes in for Surgery

The former three-term mayor's spokesperson said Koch will have a heart valve replaced.
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Former Mayor Ed Koch is recovering after surgery to replace a heart valve.

A spokesman says the 84-year-old mayor is doing as well as expected after a challenging open heart procedure at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Koch's surgeon was Dr. Craig Smith, who performed a bypass on former President Bill Clinton in 2004..

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the former three-term mayor is confident and in "excellent" spirits."  Bloomberg said Koch is looking forward to a quick recovery and getting out of the hospital.

The more than five-hour procedure is a common surgery that often leaves patients more active afterward than they were before.

Koch suffered a heart attack in 1999. That's when he famously asked, "How'm I doing?"

Koch, who served as mayor of New York City from 1978-1989, is expected to take a week to recover, followed by three weeks of rehab.
 

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