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ORTON RECUPERATING AFTER BACK SURGERY

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Rep. Bill Orton, D-Utah, is recuperating at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center after having back surgery Wednesday for a ruptured disc.

Hospital spokesman Anton Garrity said Orton was listed in satisfactory condition Thursday morning and should be released from the hospital Friday."The surgery was successful and he's doing fine. He'll just have to take it easy for awhile," Garrity said.

Orton injured the disc between his seventh and eighth vertebrae when a man attacked him in March in Washington, D.C., while Orton was en route to vote with two other congressmen. He's been undergoing physical therapy since.

Frank Goode, 33, a groundskeeper at the U.S. Capitol, pleaded guilty to assault on a member of Congress in June and will be sentenced next month.

Dr. Howard Riechman, a neurologist, performed the surgery Wednesday afternoon. Garrity said the surgery took just over one hour.

Jenny Wilson, a spokeswoman from Orton's Provo office, said the congressman will spend the weekend recuperating at his Provo home. He still plans to fly to Chicago Sunday night for next week's Democratic National Convention.

"We sort of need to gauge his recovery and make adjustments to his schedule if necessary," Wilson said.