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Fred Hoiberg happily on the mend after surgery to replace pacemaker

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg underwent some offseason surgery on Tuesday, as his wife shows in the tweet above.

It wasn't the usual kind of surgery either. Outpatient procedure regarding heart duty? Pretty efficient.

The ailment that caused Hoiberg's NBA career to end in 2005 -- a heart condition that has existed since birth but wasn't identified until Hoiberg was over 30 -- requires a pacemaker after complications during open-heart surgery surfaced.

Additionally, there no longer is an aorta in Hoiberg's heart, but instead a synthetic substitute.

The aortic proxy was not the problem; pacemakers have to be replaced over time. Hoiberg unexpectedly learned recently that the surgery would be needed sooner rather than later. So at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Tuesday, Hoiberg had the quick procedure done.

Shortly thereafter, Iowa State released this statement via Hoiberg:

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"The surgery performed this morning at the Mayo Clinic to replace my pacemaker was successful. The plan is for me to be discharged and allowed to return to Ames this afternoon. I want to thank my doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic, as well as everyone that has extended their well-wishes to me. Our family truly appreciates your support."

Pretty great how fast this was, though Hoiberg is taking July off from on-the-road recruiting to full recuperate. Before the procedure, Hoiberg tweeted:

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