Giffords undergoes successful operation to repair eye socket
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had a successful surgery Monday.
January 17th, 2011
01:43 PM ET

Giffords undergoes successful operation to repair eye socket

The congresswoman wounded in the January 8 mass shooting in Arizona underwent a successful procedure Saturday to repair a fracture in the roof of her right eye socket, doctors said Monday.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords tolerated the two-hour, minor operation well, and is "back at that same baseline where she was before surgery," said Dr. Michael Lemole, chief of neurosurgery at University Medical Center.

The operation was necessary, he said, because bone fragments were pushing down on Giffords' eye. When she arrived at the hospital shortly after the shooting, doctors "did not want to do the full repair" because she was in critical condition.

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  1. S Callahan

    Praying for you Mark. I have walked this path you are on now. Don't worry about what you see...just believe...
    Keep talking to her, play the music you loved together, read her the Bible start with Matthew and every other chapter read a's food for her soul and will give her strength.
    Most important , don't worry about what others say...Let the Docs do their thing as angels will guide in the took 9 months for a baby to grow...give it all time...she'll be back in God's will ! and Take Care of Yourself!!

    January 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Err...

      She's Jewish. Matthew would not be the place to start.

      January 17, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lol

    Faith is powerful, but her imaginary friend won't help her. Her faith in it, however, will.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    To release to the press a comment about her giving her husband a backrub is absurd and just a lie. These people are using her. She is a politician and they want to keep their jobs. It is proven by press releases regarding a person's medical condition. Did she tell them, they could do that? My advice is to quit being selfish and let her go to Heaven.
    I know you know her true condition.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emigdio

      She's not dying anymore. She would have died days ago when brain swelling normally peaks. Did she? No.

      January 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeora Idiot

      There's always some sort of idiot/jerk like yourself on a blog or comment page somewhere rattling off some sort of obscure off-in-the-weeds inconsiderate comment. Get off the internet.

      January 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward Murrow

      Why don't you do the world a favor? YOU go to Heaven. Tonight.

      January 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |

    it's a good thing she has health care for the goverment to pay for it all.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim's a drip

    what are you, jim? some sort of clairvoyant? well it's time to do something you can do WELL. What the he.. do you know about the press, and Gabrielle's condition. I bet you believe that, when she is released to a rehab facility, the person will not be Gabrielle but some kind of clone? I agree with yeora idiot. Maybe you and RUFFNUT can get something going...

    January 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |

      all i am saying is.. i dont think they would help some poor black kid if he got shot like that. people get shot everyday and dont have a golden unbrella to cover them.

      January 17, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    Lets remember that Ms.Giffords voted FOR Healthcare for all of us,whether people sgreed with her or not,because she knew it was the right thing to do.She is strong and I think she will make it all the way back!

    January 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • yumi

      Yes she was part of a rare effort to do the greatest good for the greatest number of citizens. But human hate and greed has again trIumphed in the election and in this shooting. I hope she recovers and makes it to the presidency of the US.I pray for that.

      January 19, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Beautiful Vixen

    Wow! How do some of you live with yourselves? This woman was just doing her job and a craz nut just started shooting. Have a little respect.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Barry Friedberg, M.D.

    Congresswoman Giffords took several hours to awaken after her surgery and anesthesia, according to her surgeon Dr. Gerald Lemole, the chief of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson.

    Curious minds want to know if she had a brain monitor to directly measure the anesthetic effect on her already injured brain. Presumably, had a brain monitor been used, Giffords’ wake up would have been merely minutes instead of hours.
    Although Dr. Lemole said Giffords was functioning at the same level as preoperatively, the lack of being able to verbally communicate with her precludes a full assessment of her neurologic function.

    It is known that some previously normal people develop an Alzheimer’s like dementia after anesthesia that I am confident is a function of the nefarious practice of anesthesia over medication that must happen to avoid anesthesia under medication and awareness.

    The routine practice of anesthesia over medication is readily avoided by the use of a brain monitor. Brain monitors are available in 75% of US hospitals yet they are only being used 25% of the time. Allowing anesthesiologists (and nurse anesthetists) to play Russian roulette with their patients’ brains is an outrageous and unacceptable situation in the 21st century.

    With Goldilocks anesthesia, patients receive neither too much nor too little but just the right amount. Go to to download 3 free letters to help you avoid anesthesia over medication and the risks of delirium, dementia and death.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |