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Bret Michaels Has Successful Heart Surgery

Rocker recovering after hole in his heart was repaired

January 25, 2011 2:05 PM ET
Bret Michaels Has Successful Heart Surgery
Joey Foley

Bret Michaels went under the knife in a Phoenix, Ariz. hospital on Monday — and he's recovering well.

Surgeons at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center worked to repair a hole in the rocker's heart -- one that's been there since birth, but was discovered just last April, when Michaels, 47, was hospitalized for a brain hemorrhage.

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A hospital spokesperson told the Associated Press that the surgery was successful, and that the Celebrity Apprentice 3 champ is recuperating in the intensive care unit. During the procedure, doctors inserted a catheter into a vein in Michaels' vein with a permanent closure device to prevent the abnormal flow of blood between two chambers of his heart.

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"Barring any complications, I should be out within three to four days," the Poison frontman told The Arizona Republic over the weekend. "Then, I will be down [resting] for three weeks. I don't know if I can sit around for that long, but I'll try my best."

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Over the holidays, Michaels announced that he and his longtime girlfriend Kristi Gibson were engaged. Gibson, 39, is mom to their daughters Raine, 10, and Jorja, 5.

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