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Gov. Patrick OK After Hip Replacement Surgery

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Gov. Deval Patrick is resting comfortably after undergoing hip replacement surgery to alleviate pain from arthritis and an injury he suffered three decades ago.

Dr. Harry Rubash said in a statement Tuesday the 53-year-old Democrat underwent a successful 2 1/2-hour operation at Massachusetts General Hospital. Rubash, the hospital's chief of orthopedic surgery, said Patrick is expected to be hospitalized four to five days, followed by a "few weeks" of outpatient rehabilitation.

Patrick has handed over power to Lt. Gov. Tim Murray for a couple of days.

Patrick injured his hip in a truck accident in 1978 while he was working on a United Nations youth training project in the Darfur region of Sudan.

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