Archive for Thursday, November 21, 1996

DOCTOR UNDERGOES OPEN HEART SURGERY

November 21, 1996

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Dr. John Wertzberger, a Lawrence physician who specializes in orthopedic consulting, was listed in fair condition at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., after undergoing open heart surgery Wednesday afternoon.

"The indicators are excellent," a hospital spokeswoman said.

Wertzberger was admitted to the hospital about noon Wednesday, after developing heart trouble last week, said his brother, Dr. Ken Wertzberger.

John Wertzberger was expected to be in the hospital five or six days.

His surgery was conducted at St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute. More than 950 open heart surgery operations are performed at the institute annually, the spokeswoman said.

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