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WILSON WILL UNDERGO SURGERY TO REMOVE LUMP

Gov. Pete Wilson was scheduled to undergo minor surgery Friday in Los Angeles to remove a small lump on his vocal chord.

Wilson, 61, sought treatment after complaining about fatigue and a strain on his voice.Doctors at UCLA Medical Center said Thursday the outpatient surgery was not life-threatening, although Wilson would be placed under general anesthesia for about an hour.

"This is a common problem for people who use their voices professionally and excision is a routine procedure to remove the nodule, " said Dr. Gerald Berke.

Burke said the nodule was discovered on Wilson's right vocal cord one month ago.

Since that time, Wilson has been using his voice extensively after announcing his intentions to run for president. The Republican governor has formed an exploratory committee to prepare for a run.

Doctors said Wilson would have to rest his voice for several days and could require follow-up care.