GOP senator undergoing follow-up surgery next week

Sen. John BoozmanJohn Nichols BoozmanSenate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA Dems go on the attack during EPA chief's hearing Bipartisan group of senators ask Trump to fund broadband in infrastructure plan MORE (R-Ark.), who had emergency heart surgery in 2014, will undergo a follow-up operation next week.

"My doctors have been monitoring me since the surgery. After consulting with my doctors, I have elected to go ahead and have this done during the August recess so I will be ready to go when the Senate comes back into session in September," the GOP senator said in a statement on Thursday.

Boozman was admitted to the hospital in 2014 after suffering from pain in his chest and arm. Doctors discovered at the time that he had a tear in his aorta, the body's largest artery.

"As many of you may remember, I had surgery in 2014 to repair a tear in my aorta. About 30 percent of the time after this type of procedure, additional surgery is required," he said on Thursday.

The surgery is scheduled for Tuesday at a D.C.-area hospital.

Boozman separately told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the surgery, which he referred to as a "tweak", would keep him in the hospital for three to five days with "a couple of weeks of really taking it easy."

"It's a good time to do it, and then I should be blowing and going. We're going to have a really busy September, I believe, when we come back," he told the Arkansas publication.