Michigan coach John Beilein undergoes heart surgery

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John Beilein had successful heart surgery on Monday and will miss the team’s trip to Spain later this month, the school announced on Tuesday morning.

The procedure, which was scheduled, was a two-vessel coronary bypass graft surgery “designed to improve blood flow to the heart, by taking a healthy artery or vein from another part of the body and grafting it to the obstructed coronary artery,” according to the doctor that did the procedure.

“I feel grateful and blessed that this surgery was performed at the University of Michigan,” said Beilein. “Kathleen, and our family appreciate all of the world-class care that was provided for us. Dr. Kim Eagle, Dr. Francis Pagani, Dr. Stanley Chetcuti and all of their staffs at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center are so talented and performed like champions over this past week. I am going to work very hard in my rehabilitation to be stronger than ever by the time practice begins for this upcoming season.”

Beilein is expected to return to normal activity in a couple of weeks. In his absence, Saddi Washington will be working as interim head coach.