Sen. Bernie Herpin, R-Colorado Springs, underwent gastric bypass surgery Monday, a procedure to help with weight loss.
Herpin posted on Facebook that the surgery would improve his health and life.
"I'm a little apprehensive, but know this is for the best," he wrote before undergoing the elective procedure at Memorial Hospital Central.
Herpin, 70, begins his first legislative session in a month. He won the Senate District 11 seat during the September recall election of former Sen. John Morse.
There are several types of gastric bypass surgery, but all generally involve reducing the size of the stomach by creating a smaller pouch so that a person feels fuller quicker and eat less. The stomach is then attached to a lower part of the intestine so fewer calories can be absorbed.
Herpin received 60 comments on his Facebook post. People applauded his decision and wished him a fast recovery. His daughter posted on Monday afternoon that her dad's surgery "went perfectly."
According to the Mayo Clinic, gastric bypass surgery is considered a common but major surgery that involves general anesthesia.
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