Rep. Chaffetz to have surgery; recovery expected to take 3 to 4 weeks

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Rep. Chaffetz to have surgery; recovery expected to take 3 to 4 weeks. (Photo: Courtesy Jason Chaffetz)

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, will have immediate surgery to remove hardware in his foot from a 12-year-old injury.

Chaffetz, from Utah's 3rd Congressional District, broke the news on his Instagram account Wednesday.

He told KUTV Wednesday, this is not a case of a quiet exit after his announcement not to run again. He said he would return to Washington D.C. as soon as possible, when his doctors tell him he can.

He said he knows he may miss some significant votes during his recovery.

He wrote, in part:

"I’m sorry to miss the important work we are doing in Washington. This is not an opportune time to be away but medical emergencies are never convenient."

He said doctors at the University of Utah recommended the immediate surgery to remove hardware from an injury from a fall off a ladder in his garage. He said his recovery is expected to take three to four weeks.

He told 2News doctors are trying to prevent infection in his foot, which as been highly irritated for around four months. He said doctors believe the irritation is his body trying to get rid of the 14 screws used to repair the injury.

"I appreciate my constituent’s patience and understanding as I take time to recover," he wrote.

Chaffetz expects to be in surgery Thursday afternoon at the University of Utah. He expects to be out of the hospital in 48 hours. For three to four weeks he will be off his foot completely and will return to government work when doctors say he can.

He said he may miss big votes including potential decisions on health care and the budget.