Michigan's Beilein has successful double bypass surgery

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 10, 2018

MI basketball coach John Beilein underwent a double-bypass heart procedure and is expected to make a full recover, the school said Tuesday. The Wolverine bench boss will be hospitalized for a few days following the procedure, but he is expected to be back with the team for the start of preseason practice next month. Assistant coach Saddi Washington, serving as U-M's interim head coach, will lead the trip along with assistants Luke Yaklich and DeAndre Haynes. "The procedure is created to improve blood flow to the heart, by taking a healthy artery or vein from another part of the body and grafting it to the obstructed coronary artery". Doctors say the operation went well and Beilein is expected to make a full recovery.

Following the procedure, Beilein, 65, will not travel with the Wolverines on their trip to Spain, which takes place August 17-26.

The veteran coach is entering his 12th season in Ann Arbor after a brief flirtation with the Pistons this summer.

"I feel grateful and blessed that this surgery was performed at the University of Michigan", Beilein said in a statement released by U-M.

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Per the school, he'll be ready for the 2018-19 season.

Director of Athletics Warde Manuel said the procedure was scheduled and took place Monday morning at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. "Kathleen, and our family appreciate all of the world-class care that was provided for us".

After he was contacted by the Detroit Pistons over the summer, Beilein signed an extension to stay at MI through the 2022-23 season.

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