GREENSBORO, N.C. — U.S. Rep. Howard Coble is resting comfortably following surgery to correct a condition which was impinging on his nerves and causing back, hip and leg pain on Thursday.
A statement from Coble’s office said Dr. Jeffery Jenkins, who performed the surgery in a Greensboro hospital Thursday, said the procedure was done without complications and lasted less than the one hour anticipated.
Jenkins removed a tiny portion of the vertebrae so that nerves can pass through easily, and he also removed a small part of a ruptured disc.
Jenkins said Coble was suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis. He describes it as a narrowing of the fourth and fifth vertebrae, leading to his pain.
It’s expected that Coble will spend up to four days in the hospital.
Source: The Associated Press