FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens was to undergo a hernia operation under full anesthesia at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Friday.
The Alaska Republican said he expects to spend about four hours at the hospital before returning home to rest for the weekend. He plans to be back at work Monday.
Doctors said he needed to stay off his feet for four days. ''I told them I could give them two and a half,'' the 76-year-old chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee said.
Stevens is in the middle of trying to move several major spending bills through the Senate before Congress adjourns for the year. That could come as early as the end of next week.
Stevens said he injured himself while lifting weights. He said he overdid it while trying to get back in shape after spending an unusually sedentary month recovering from toe surgery.
The injury was a recurrence of a hernia he suffered in 1962 when lifting a half-keg of beer at an Anchorage campaign event, he said.
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