Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in “stable” condition after undergoing surgery to replace a heart valve in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Per a statement from spokesman Daniel Ketchell, Arnie is in “good spirits”, and his first words upon waking up were “I’m back”, a riff on his classic line from 1984’s Terminator.
Ketchell described the procedure in a statement, saying:
Yesterday, Governor Schwarzenegger underwent a planned procedure at Cedars-Sinai to replace a pulmonic valve that was originally replaced due to a congenital heart defect in 1997. That 1997 replacement valve was never meant to be permanent, and has outlived its life expectancy, so he chose to replace it yesterday through a less-invasive catheter valve replacement.
During that procedure, an open-heart surgery team was prepared, as they frequently are in these circumstances, in case the catheter procedure was unable to be performed. Governor Schwarzenegger’s pulmoic valve was successfully replaced and he is currently recovering from the surgery and in stable condition. We want to thank the entire medical team for their tireless efforts.
Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California in 2003 and again in 2006, then resumed his film career with The Expendables in 2010.
He currently has a number of projects on the go, including The Legend Of Conan, an untitled Terminator reboot, and Triplets, a sequel to the 1988 film Twins which is set to co-star Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy.