Easley will undergo shoulder surgery today

Gov. Mike Easley will be put back together with screws and sutures today when he undergoes shoulder surgery at Duke University Hospital in Durham.

The surgery, expected to last about two hours, will remove bone spurs and repair torn tendons in his right shoulder caused by exercise and activity over the years, according to Bill Garrett, Easley's surgeon. Easley will be numbed with a nerve block to the shoulder area. He underwent similar surgery on his left shoulder in 2003.

The tendons must be reattached with screws and sutures, Garrett said in a statement issued by Easley's office Monday.

Easley will wear a sling for three to four weeks and has been advised to restrict his activity for several months and avoid high-impact exercise, such as basketball.

“We might suggest he sign bills left handed as well,” Garrett said in the statement. “His signature will not be any worse.”

Mark Johnson, Raleigh bureau