Gov. Butch Otter’s surgeon reports that his shoulder surgery today went “exceptionally well.” Dr. Michael Curtin of Intermountain Orthopaedics, an orthopedic surgeon, said, “Surgery went exceptionally well, and in contrast to the injury he had earlier this year, and the surgery he had earlier this year on his right shoulder, which was also a rotator cuff tendon tear, this tear was much smaller and much more readily repairable. I anticipate his recovery will be likewise easier on him, and should be more expedited.” Otter had a tendon tear in his shoulder that was about 2 centimeters long, Curtin reported, and a partial injury to his bicep tendon, both of which were repaired in the operation. Curtin said the operation was “medically necessary” because of pain the governor was suffering. “He may not be showing it out in public, but the last month he had really been struggling with a great deal of pain in that shoulder, and this repair will help that pain considerably.”
First Lady Lori Otter, who was with her husband immediately following the surgery, said he was released shortly afterward. “I am feeling really optimistic that he is going to have a full recovery from the injury,” she said, “and will be able to go forward and, as Dr. Curtin said, do the things that he wants to do and be active. As you know, he is a pretty active guy, so this won’t keep him down for very long.” Otter is scheduled to work from home for “a few days” as he recovers from the surgery.