Arnold Schwarzenegger, the bodybuilder who became an actor, was operated on Thursday.
Schwarzenegger, 70, was operated on after being transferred to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for a catheter replacement. Daniel Ketchell, a friend of Schwarzenegger, who worked with the entertainer when he successfully ran for the California governor, told Buzzfeed News that an open-hearted team was ready during the procedure in case of complications
Sometime during the valve replacement " The open-hearted team had to do an operation on Schwarzenegger, "Ketchell said. TMZ first reported the operation and called it an "emergency" operation, but Ketchell resisted this characterization and called it "a bit of a stretch". He added that while open-heart surgery was not originally the reason for the hospital visit, Schwarzenegger was aware that this was possible.
Schwarzenegger is now in a stable condition.
The surgery comes from a procedure that Schwarzenegger performed in 1
The replacement valve was "never durable and survives its life expectancy," so the former governor decided to opt for the less invasive catheter route, "Ketchell said in a statement Friday.
Schwarzenegger was on Awake and alert on Friday night, and corresponding to Ketchell, his first words were waking up, "I'm back."
"He jokes with people," Ketchell added. "He was very grateful for the crew there and for everything they did. He is good things. "