AMES, Iowa — Iowa State Head Coach Fred Hoiberg will undergo what he hopes will be his last heart surgery later this month.
Iowa State University released a statement Friday morning that Hoiberg will have his aortic valve replaced on April 17th at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
“After my initial surgery to replace my aortic root 10 years ago, I knew that this was something that would need to be done at some point,” Hoiberg said. “My valve has severe regurgitation and the time has come to get it replaced. I am hopeful that this will be my last surgery and I’m looking forward to getting this behind me.”
Hoiberg had his pacemaker replaced in July of 2014.
Fred says doctors wanted him to have the surgery during the basketball season but he pleaded with them to let him wait until the season was done because of the success the Cyclones were having on the court.
Hoiberg will have his surgery at the MAYO clinic in Minnesota and will need 4-6 weeks of recovery time.