Arnold Schwarzenegger recuperating after heart surgery: ‘I’m back’

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Mar 30, 2018, 5:25 PM EDT (Updated)

Arnold Schwarzenegger is reportedly in stable condition after undergoing planned heart surgery in California. The 70-year-old star of genre greats like Terminator and Total Recall (and former California governor) went in for a planned procedure and is recovering well, contradicting early media reports that he had undergone an emergency operation.

Schwarzenegger's operation was done at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to replace a pulmonic valve, which spokesperson Daniel Ketchell said was "never meant to be permanent" and had already outlived its projected usefulness.

What were the Governator's first words after waking from his operation? "I'm back," said Ketchell, who also reported that Schwarzenegger was "in good spirits" following the procedure.

Schwarzenegger scheduled the operation to have the temporary valve replaced, after first having gone through the same operation 21 years ago. “A medical team was on stand-by in case something went wrong, which is procedure," said Ketchell, “but they were not needed.”

In keeping with his Mr. Universe reputation, Schwarzenegger continues to be a busy guy. In addition to a comedic turn as the U.S. president in David Sandberg's upcoming Kung Fury, he's also busy covering familiar acting territory with scheduled turns in the next Terminator movie as well as the fourth Expendables film.