Laura Bush Has Neck Surgery for Pinched Nerves
First Lady Laura Bush underwent surgery today for pinched nerves in her neck. The 2 1/2 hour procedure is called a posterior cervical foraminotomy. It relieves pressure on pinched nerves that rest near the spine.
Mrs. Bush injured a nerve in her neck and shoulder earlier this year while hiking and has been treated with physical therapy since. Her doctors advised her to not travel overseas, saying such long flights could aggravate the problem and cause complications.
When the physical therapy did not work, doctors suggested surgery.