The 70-year-old actor and former governor of California went to Cedars-Sinai on Thursday for a catheter valve replacement. But when complications arose, doctors decided Schwarzenegger needed emergency surgery. The procedure lasted several hours and he’s currently recovering in stable condition.
Schwarzenegger previously underwent heart surgery in 1997 to replace an aortic valve. He says his condition is the congenital and not the result of past steroid use.
It’s unclear if Schwarzenegger’s latest surgical procedure will impact his upcoming filming schedule, which includes a starring role in Tim Miller’s Terminator reboot. We’ve reached out to representatives for the actor for additional information.
Update: In a statement issued by Schwarzenegger’s spokesman, Daniel Ketchell said the procedure was to replace the pulmonic valve inserted in the original 1997 surgery. “That 1997 replacement valve was never meant to be permanent, and has outlived its life expectancy, so he chose to replace it yesterday through a less-invasive catheter valve replacement,” Ketchell explained. “During that procedure, an open-heart surgery team was prepared, as they frequently are in these circumstances, in case the catheter procedure was unable to be performed. Governor Schwarzenegger’s pulmonic valve was successfully replaced and he is currently recovering from surgery in stable condition.”
In a follow-up tweet, Ketchell said, Schwarzenegger was “awake and his first words were actually ‘I’m back’, so he is in good spirits.”