Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) is expected to be out of commission until at least mid-January, following a successful double knee replacement surgery he underwent on Nov. 24.
It was a fellow Virginia Democrat, Rep. Gerry Connolly, who first told ITK of Moran's extended absence. Moran's spokeswoman then confirmed that the 64-year-old lawmaker spent 12 hours in surgery on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. The surgery was conducted by specialist Dr. C. Anderson Engh.
The procedure places Moran in a very small club of Members of Congress who have had both knees replaced at the same time. According to the Attending Physician’s Office in the U.S. Capitol, only one other congressman has received two new knees at sumultaneously: Rep. Sonny Montgomery (D-Miss.), who served in the lower chamber from 1967 to 1997.