The surgery is to deal with lumbar spinal stenosis, a common cause of lower back pain in older adults, Cheney spokeswoman Lucy Tutwiler said.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal -- the passage for the spinal cord -- which in turn puts pressure on nerves, causing pain. Surgery is done to widen the passage and ease that pressure, typically by removing a bit of the vertebra.
Dr. Anthony Caputy, chairman of the hospital's neurosurgery department, is performing the operation.
He also had hospital visits after feeling shortness of breath and the development of a blood clot in his leg after a long trip to Asia.