Statement by Assistant to the President for Press Relations Fitzwater on the President's Hand Surgery
Reagan's operation to repair a Dupuytren's
contracture of the ring finger of his left hand was successfully completed at
approximately this morning,
The procedure commenced at and was performed under regional anesthesia. A general anesthesia was not necessary. The President was alert and responsive throughout the operation, discussing various aspects of the procedure with doctors. He is now recovering in his room and is in good spirits.
President's physician, Dr. John E. Hutton, Jr.,
President Reagan will remain at Walter Reed tonight and return to the White House at his convenience on Sunday, January 8. Today's procedure is not expected to interrupt the President's normal work schedule, other than the obvious presence of a dressing on the left hand. The President will be receiving no special medications other than routine postoperative antibiotics and analgesic as necessary. The President's arm will be bandaged and in a sling for a few days. After that, only a hand bandage will be required. The finger will require a dynamic splint for several months to ensure corrective healing. Doctor Hutton indicates that no further surgery should be necessary. It is anticipated that the President will have full use of his finger.
physicians involved were Dr. George Bogumill, of