Contra Costa County supervisor has successful heart valve surgery

Contra Costa County supervisor has successful heart valve surgery
Supervisor Diane Burgis (Photo:

Supervisor Diane Burgis’ surgery to replace her aortic valve was a success, according to a statement issued Tuesday by her office. The District 3 supervisor is set to remain in the hospital for one week, then recover at home before returning to work, her office said.

Burgis’ chief of staff, Mark Goodwin, will be the primary point of contact during her recovery.

On Monday, a John Muir Hospital medical team spent four hours replacing an aortic valve due to aortic stenosis, or a narrowing of the valve. Burgis said she endured this same procedure as a young child and was told she would likely need another later in life.

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The surgery went well, and by early Monday evening Burgis “was up and making jokes with friends,” her office said.

“We are excited and relieved that the surgery was such a success,” said Goodwin. “I’ll be speaking with her regularly over the next few weeks. I’m not sure what the greater challenge will be, keeping her away from the work she loves while she recovers or keeping up with her when she gets back, but I look forward to both. We’re grateful to the medical team at John Muir Hospital Concord and to everyone who has reached out to express their support.”

Cards and well wishes may be sent to Supervisor Burgis at her main office, 3361 Walnut Boulevard, Suite 140, Brentwood, CA 94513.