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Geithner to have surgery for kidney stones

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2010 file photo, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner looks on as Vice President Joe Biden makes a statement to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Geithner was admitted to a hospital Friday, Dec. 10, where he will undergo minor surgery to deal with a kidney stone. FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2010 file photo, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner looks on as Vice President Joe Biden makes a statement to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Geithner was admitted to a hospital Friday, Dec. 10, where he will undergo minor surgery to deal with a kidney stone. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file)
By Martin Crutsinger
AP Economics Writer / December 10, 2010

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WASHINGTON—Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was admitted to a local hospital Friday where he will undergo minor surgery to deal with a kidney stone.

Treasury spokesman Steve Adamske said Geithner began experiencing pain from a kidney stone and was admitted to George Washington University hospital Friday morning.

Adamske said that Geithner will have what he called a "minor surgical procedure" performed Friday afternoon and expects to be back at work on Monday.

The illness did force Geithner to cancel his Sunday appearances on three network news programs where he had been scheduled to promote the tax-cut deal that the administration reached with congressional Republicans this week.

Adamske said that when Geithner was asked Friday morning how much pain he was in, Geithner replied, "As between this and doing the Sunday shows, it's a close call."

Treasury did not supply details of what type of procedure Geithner will undergo, but often kidney stones too large to pass on their own can be removed minimally invasively through small tubes, or even broken up using sound waves.

The administration was dispatching White House senior advisor David Axelrod to take Geithner's place on the Sunday talk shows.

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AP Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard contributed to this report.