Johnny Isakson undergoes back surgery

This is the first recess week for Congress since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. And so resulting meetings with constituents are getting a close examination.

In Georgia, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter of Pooler is the only Republican member of Congress who has scheduled public gatherings. But U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has an acceptable excuse. Here’s the press release:

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was released today from Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., after undergoing surgery on his back.


Isakson, 72, was admitted to Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital on Monday, Feb. 20, for a scheduled operation on his back to address spinal deterioration. Dr. Keith D. Osborn of Resurgens Orthopaedics performed the surgery.


“I’m extremely thankful for Dr. Osborn and the wonderful medical team at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital for their excellent care,” said Isakson. “I look forward to returning to Washington with a new and improved back to continue working harder than ever on behalf of Georgians.”


Isakson is working diligently with physical therapists to ensure a successful recovery and is looking forward to getting back into his routine. Per his doctor’s orders, Isakson will recover at home the rest of this week and next week before returning to Washington, D.C.

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