Regis Philbin Recovering After Hip Replacement Surgery

Regis Philbin had successful hip replacement surgery Tuesday, and plans to return to his syndicated daytime talk show early next month.

An e-mail from "Live! With Regis and Kelly" says: "Word from the hospital is that everything went perfectly this morning during Regis' hip replacement surgery, and his doctor said that Regis couldn't be in better shape."

The show says the typical recovery period is four to six weeks, and the 78-year-old Philbin expects to return soon after the first of the year,

No other details were available.

Philbin had triple heart bypass surgery in 2007.

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