By Nick Patterson Herald writer
EVERETT — Everett Silvertips coach Craig Hartsburg’s heart surgery went as planned Wednesday, and Hartsburg should be on track to return to the team during the second half of the season.
Hartsburg was diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm, which required open-heart surgery. That procedure took place Wednesday morning at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, during which the aneurysm was repaired and a section of Hartsburg’s aorta was replaced with an artificial graft.
The operation took place at 7:30 a.m., and Hartsburg was awake at noon.
“It was very successful,” Everett general manager Doug Soetaert said. “Everything’s going well. He’s alert and feeling pretty decent. I talked to Peggy (Hartsburg’s wife) and she said he’s doing better than they though he’d be. So he’s in recovery mode. They actually say he’ll be sitting up and walking (today).”
Hartsburg was informed of the need for heart surgery approximately two months ago. He began a leave of absence from behind the bench beginning with Everett’s road game against Portland on Oct. 20, though he did conduct practices last week. Associate head coach Jay Varady is serving as the head coach in Hartsburg’s absence.
Hartsburg’s recovery is expected to last about two months. He plans to return to the bench sometime in the new year.
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