Hoiberg Pacemaker Surgery ‘Went Well’

ROCHESTER, Minnesota – It will come as a relief to family, friends and Cyclone fans as it appears Fred Hoiberg’s surgery was a success.

The Iowa State mens basketball coach had his pacemaker replaced Tuesday morning. His wife Carol tweeted the news.

“The surgery performed this morning at the Mayo Clinic to replace my pacemaker was successful. The plan is for me to be discharged and allowed to return to Ames this afternoon. I want to thank my doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic, as well as everyone that has extended their well-wishes to me,” Hoiberg said in a statement. “Our family truly appreciates your support.”

The 41-year-old was diagnosed with an aortic root aneurism in 2005 ending his NBA career.

A local cardiologist described the procedure as “fairly simple.”

“It involves making an incision and taking the existing pacemaker out of the space underneath the skin and testing the wires that are there to make sure that they’re working properly,” Iowa Clinic cardiologist, Dr. James Lovell explained.

“Assuming that they are, they would plug in a new pacemaker generator or battery, put it back into the pocket underneath the skin and sew the incision shut and then monitor him for a period of several hours and assuming he was stable and doing well, he would be able to go home the same day.”

New pacemaker batteries typically last 7-10 years.

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