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Cheney having surgery on aneurysm in his knee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Dick Cheney will undergo surgery today to repair an aneurysm in his right knee and then have a similar operation later on an aneurysm behind his left knee.

Cheney is expected to remain in the hospital for up to 48 hours after surgery at George Washington Hospital Center, said Lea Anne McBride, spokeswoman for the vice president. The aneurysms, known as popliteal aneurysms, are not considered life-threatening and doctors say the surgery is minimally invasive.

"It's not complicated if you're experienced," said Dr. Peter Kalman, professor of surgery and radiology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.