Doctor: Sen. Boozman Doing “Amazingly Well” After Surgery

Photo courtesy of Beta.Congress.Gov

Photo courtesy of Beta.Congress.Gov

Sen. John Boozman is expected to make a full recovery and should be able to return to his full job duties without any restrictions in the future, according to the doctor who performed the senator’s emergency heart surgery on Tuesday.

“Sen. Boozman is doing amazingly well after surgery to replace his ascending aorta,” said Dr. E.J. Chauvin, the thoracic surgeon who performed surgery on the senator at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. “One reason he is doing so well is because of his great physical condition.

Boozman was moved from the intensive care unit Thursday and is walking frequently with the aid of hospital staff, according to a statement released Friday by the senator’s office.

“The senator is mobile and conversational,” said Boozman spokesman Patrick Creamer. “He’s spent a great deal of time talking with his family and even spoke briefly with his Chief of Staff.”

Boozman’s family released a statement Thursday saying he is doing “good” and continues to “move forward.”

The 63-year-old Republican had surgery Tuesday after being diagnosed with an acute aortic dissection, according to the senator’s family.

The operation lasted several hours. Boozman responded well to the procedure, and doctors said they are pleased with his progress.

Boozman remains hospitalized while doctors monitor his recovery. His family has been with him, and he has expressed gratitude for the support he has received.

No timetable has been given for Boozman’s recovery, but a doctor familiar with the procedure told 5NEWS recovery time for patients is typically three or four weeks.

An aortic dissection is the tearing in the aorta, the main artery in the body that carries oxygenated blood from the heart, a local doctor told 5NEWS.

“The aorta is the biggest pipe that connects the heart to the rest of the body,” said Dr. Nasser Adjei, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, Sparks Health System. “Any time it is bigger than 1.5 it’s size, then there could be an aneurysm, which means the aorta has ballooning of the artery.”

Adjei continued, “It’s an extensive surgery. We don’t underplay that.”

Boozman, a former University of Arkansas football player, was in Rogers visiting family when taken to a hospital, said spokeswoman Sara Lasure.

A schedule from Boozman’s office sent out on Monday (April 21) shows that the senator was supposed to visit Gravette City Hall at 8 a.m. on Tuesday for a breakfast discussion with local mayors about regional issues, including the Bella Vista Bypass and the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.

He then was scheduled to meet at 1:15 p.m. at the Boston Mountain Rural Health Center with staff and administrators to discuss “issues facing the health community.”

From there he was scheduled to be in Harrison at 3 p.m., where the Northwest Regional Housing Authority was set to discuss a $5.5 million 4-unit apartment complex under construction.

27 comments

  • joesumone

    See what Obamacare can do for you…Oh, wait, that’s right, he is exempt from Obamacare and his medical care is paid for by the taxpayers.

    • Dave Adkins

      Wrong, Congressmen are not exempt and in fact must use the Health Exchanges like everyone else. The “they’re exempt” lie has been debunked too many times.

  • What's good for us is good for them

    I pray he recovers and his family has the strength to walk through this, BUT, i would like to see him navigate his treatment and recovery using Obamacare.

    No not just him but everyone in Washington, including Obama should be required by law to switch to it and pay for it.

  • Mickey Dolans

    Looks like slimey politicians (Hester) will use any excuse to get their face in front of a camera.

    I truly hope Boozeman recovers, but he seems like a dim bulb to me. Intellect is not a prerequisite to being elected into office.

    • atc8824

      Wanna talk dim bulbs well Obama is a burnt out bulb and has no knowledge of how to run a country but he sure knows how to vacation on TAXPAYERS tab.

      • Sarah 1

        Keyword ‘vacation’. Wrong. Stick to the facts.

        Here’s how Mr. Obama stacks up against more recent Presidents, if he keeps pace with 168 vacation days over eight years. President George W. Bush took all or part of 297 days at his Texas ranch. Bill Clinton took 174 days at Martha’s Vineyard and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Ronald Reagan vacationed 349 days at his California ranch over eight years.

        President Obama is also not the first to cut a vacation short. Reagan did it in 1983, Clinton in 1993 and 1998, and Bush, in 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. To be fair, no President really takes a vacation. “The job is there in the golf cart with him. It never really leaves him,” says Knoller.

  • Sarah 1

    Prayers for Senator Boozman and his family.

    The misinformation by commenters is incredible. Do a fact check before you type facts that are wrong or misleading.

    Here’s what the Obamacare law’s text says: “Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, after the effective date of this subtitle, the only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and Congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are — (I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or (II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act (or an Amendment made by this Act).”

    In other words, Congress must use Obamacare.

    It’s strange that a rumor about a congressional exemption would get started. This is because the amendment cited above was created by a Republican and trumpeted at the time for forcing Congress to participate.

    Most Americans won’t use Obamacare marketplaces (formerly called exchanges). This is because their employers already offer them insurance, and Obamacare is intended for the uninsured. The federal government offers health insurance to its workers so Congress and its staff would not have had to use Obamacare. Some didn’t think this was right.

    On Sept. 30, 2009, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued a press release:

    “Senator Chuck Grassley has won approval for his legislation to require that members of Congress and congressional staff access health insurance through the exchange that would be created by the health care reform legislation under consideration by the Finance Committee.

    “‘The more that Congress experiences the laws we pass, the better the laws are likely to be,’ Grassley said.

    “Members of the committee agreed through unanimous consent on Tuesday night to support the Grassley amendment. …

    “‘My interest in having Members of Congress participate in the exchange is consistent with my long-held view that Congress should live under the same laws it passes for the rest of the country,’ Grassley said.”

    • joesumone

      Looks like there’s an Obama activist in the house. Better watch what we say otherwise she will go straight to the liberal debate playbook.

      • Sarah 1

        Obama activist? I think not. I stick to factual information and can back it up. Keyword ‘liberal’ in your comment does not make my statement erroneous. You throw out conjecture, opinion and rhetoric like jello on a wall but facts you seem to ignore.

        Stick to the facts to which nothing in your comment is factual.

        Garner your facts with back-up.

  • Tom Sambo

    Sarah 1 is an Obama apologist. He can do no wrong in her misguided eyes. Obamacare is a failure but she can’t bring herself to admit it. Like any good liberal, she will pull out all kinds of “facts” to disprove her opponents. Problem is these “facts” are based on propaganda and lies.

    • Sarah 1

      Shame on you. I am quite factual. I called you out and demanded facts. You provide no facts and call names. Stop watching the news and read a book, newspaper, non-partisan website.

      I gave precise/actual Affordable Care Act text.

      Thankful Senator B is doing so much better.

    • Anonymous

      I hope nothing like this ever happens to someone in your family. Whether you like the man or agree with his agenda or not, no one deserves to be wished so ill of! God’s speed in a quick and complete recovery for this man.

  • Dick Peters

    Boozman is corporate scum. He supports the outsourcing of American jobs and is a strong advocate for NAFTA and FTTA. Maybe we can finally get rid of him.

    • Hulk SMASH

      I once saw him at a motel getting breakfast. I really don’t recall exactly what he said, but he really came off being pompous and arrogant. My opinion dropped a little.

      While our political ideologies don’t match, I do wish him a speedy recovery.

  • Fred Coleman

    Senator John B. voted against corporations having to disclose how much money they contributed to a politicians campaign fund. Why would he do that? I think we all know the answer. He should have been voted out a long time ago.

  • M86

    I wish the Senator a speedy recovery.

    Sarah1 is pretty much correct. You can’t dispute facts.

    I’ve seen so many more people helped by the Affordable Care Act than not. If you want to deny healthcare to people, then you are not a good person… Plain and simple.

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