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George W. Bush Undergoes Second Knee Surgery in Chicago

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    President George W. Bush traveled to Chicago over the Memorial Day Weekend to have knee replacement surgery at Rush University. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Tuesday, May 27, 2014)

    For the second time in as many months, President George W. Bush traveled to Chicago for knee surgery.

    The former president underwent partial knee replacement surgery on his left knee Saturday morning at Rush University Medical Center's Midwest Orthopedics, Bush's spokesman Freddy Ford confirmed in a statement.

    Bush had his right knee replaced in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend.

    "President and Mrs. Bush are on their way back to Dallas this morning," Ford said Monday. "He's looking forward to getting back on his mountain bike in a few weeks."

    Both surgeries were outpatient procedures performed by Dr. Richard Berger. The surgery was successful.

    In 2004, Time Magazine reported that the 43rd president had torn a meniscus in his knee, but which knee was never made clear.

    The president gave up jogging because of the bad knee and started mountain biking in May 2004, according to reports. 

    Rush University is considered a leader in joint replacement surgery.