Beilein recovering after successful heart surgery
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

Michigan basketball head coach John Beilein underwent a successful double bypass surgery on Monday morning and is currently recovering. The scheduled procedure, performed by Francis D. Pagani, M.D., Ph.D., was conducted at U-M's Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center.

“Coach Beilein underwent a two-vessel coronary bypass graft surgery Monday morning,” said Pagani in a released statement. “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.”

Beilein is set to return home from the hospital in a few days and anticipates a return full activities in time for the start of the basketball season on Nov. 6.

“I feel grateful and blessed that this surgery was performed at the University of Michigan,” Beilein noted. “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.”

While recovering, he will not travel with the team to Spain, Aug. 17-26, with assistant coach Saddi Washington serving as Michigan’s interim head coach.

Wrapping up his 11th season in Ann Arbor this spring with his second trip to the final game of the NCAA Tournament, Beilein signed a five-year extension to his contract in July, which automatically rolls over one year upon completion of the initial term.

 

 
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