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Rick Perry to Have Surgery Friday to Repair Clavicle

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry will have surgery Friday to repair his right clavicle, which did not heal after a 2009 bicycle accident, Catherine Frazier, Perry’s press secretary, confirmed to ABC News.

The 90-minute outpatient procedure will be conducted by Dr. Bruce Malone on Friday morning in Austin. It will involve one incision, which will be roughly three inches in length, and require the placement of a contoured plate.

The Texas governor will return to his home Friday afternoon.

Perry, who dropped out of the presidential race last month, had spinal fusion surgery, along with an injection of his own adult stem cells, in early July, just one month prior to announcing his bid for the White House. In the final months of his campaign, Perry admitted the back surgery impacted his performance in a negative way.

Perry endorsed Newt Gingrich when he suspended his presidential campaign last month and appeared in the spin room on behalf of Gingrich at the CNN debate in Mesa, Ariz., on Wednesday evening.

Perry is an avid athlete who runs multiple times a week and has participated in triathlons in the past.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Undergo Surgery

Governor [dot] State [dot] Tx [dot] us(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry will undergo a minor surgical procedure in early July, according to the governor’s staff.

Perry, 61, will go under the knife on July 1 to alleviate a back ailment.  Mark Miner, spokesman for Perry, told the Texas Tribune that the procedure was scheduled months ago and will not affect his schedule.

Perry is an avid runner who has made fitness and healthy lifestyle choices part of his health care initiatives as governor.  He underwent outpatient surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in June 2010 and underwent the same procedure on his right knee in 2001.  

Perry has recently fueled speculation about a potential 2012 run.  He will appear at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this weekend.

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