Reid Has Surgery to Repair Damaged Nerve

Senator Harry Reid
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Sen. Harry Reid underwent minor surgery two days before Christmas to remove a nerve that had become damaged from years of distance running.

He said the 24-minute procedure was performed with local anesthetic at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

Reid is home in Searchlight and is wearing a protective boot. He hopes to shed the device when the five stitches are removed Friday or Saturday in Las Vegas.

"It feels pretty good now. It's been sore," he said.

Reid plans to resume a public schedule in Reno on Monday after recuperating and spending the holidays in Washington and Nevada with family.

Reid, who turned 64 on Dec. 2, said he believes the damage was caused by his running and the time he spends on his feet in the Capitol.

He estimated he has put more than 10,000 miles on his feet while running for exercise and recreation, including 15 marathons. He runs six days a week, about four to five miles per outing.