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University of Michigan basketball coach John Beilein undergoes successful heart surgery

Posted: 9:23 AM, Aug 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-07 13:47:33Z

Unversity of Michigan's men's basketball coach John Beilein underwent a successful double bypass procedure, the university's athletic director announced. 

"Coach Beilein underwent a two-vessel coronary bypass graft surgery Monday morning," said Francis Pagani, program director for the Michigan Medicine Center for Circulatory Support and surgical director of the adult heart transplant program who performed the surgery.

"The procedure is designed to improve blood flow to the heart, by taking a healthy artery or vein from another part of the body and grafting it to the obstructed coronary artery. The operation went well, and we expect him to make a full recovery and be back to his usual activities within a few weeks."

"I feel grateful and blessed that this surgery was performed at the University of Michigan," said Beilein. "Kathleen, and our family appreciate all of the world-class care that was provided for us. Dr. Kim Eagle, Dr. Francis Pagani, Dr. Stanley Chetcuti and all of their staffs at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center are so talented and performed like champions over this past week. I am going to work very hard in my rehabilitation to be stronger than ever by the time practice begins for this upcoming season."

With his recovery, Beilein will not attend the Wolverines trip to Spain on August 17.