LOS ANGELES -- Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker expressed thanks to his fans and his doctors after being released from Milwaukee's Froedtert Hospital on Thursday, six days after heart surgery. "I am extremely grateful for the well wishes from Brewers fans, friends and associates, as their support has been a great comfort to me and my family," Uecker said in a statement. "I also want to thank the doctors and staff at Froedtert for the extraordinary care that they have provided, and I believe their standard of care for all patients is unmatched. I am encouraged that the recovery process is going very well and I look forward to a return to the broadcast booth later this summer." The procedure, during which Uecker's aortic valve, aortic root and part of his ascending aorta were removed, was deemed a success by surgeon Alfred C. Nicolosi. All told, the surgery lasted six hours.
Uecker's six-day hospital stay following the surgery falls right into the doctors' initial time line, which slated him for a five-to-seven-day hospital stay. Following the surgery, doctors said Uecker's full recovery could take 10 to 12 weeks.The veteran broadcaster also underwent heart surgery in 1991 and made a full recovery in five weeks.