(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter underwent successful resurfacing surgery on his right hip today. He thanked Idahoans for their support and asked for their patience during his recovery.
“Lori and I will be focusing on getting me up and around for the next several weeks, so we hope you all will understand. We both appreciate your concerns and well-wishes more than we can express, and we regret any inconvenience this causes,” Governor Otter said. “There’s no good time for something like this. But I needed to take care of this little hitch so I can devote my time and energy more fully to serving the people of Idaho.”
The Governor spent much of Monday preparing for today’s surgery. His schedule of public appearances and other meetings has been cleared for his recuperation, and he apologized to all those individuals and groups affected by the changes. It has not yet been determined when he will be back on the job full-time.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Colin Poole of Intermountain Orthopedics at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise. Governor Otter was resting comfortably after the procedure, which lasted about two hours. He is expected to be able to go home by the weekend.