updated 1/4/2007 6:49:41 PM ET 2007-01-04T23:49:41

Hours after attending Gerald Ford’s funeral, former President George H.W. Bush underwent surgery to replace his right hip, the Mayo Clinic announced Thursday, a day after the procedure was performed.

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The surgery, completed by 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, was a success, said Mayo Clinic spokesman Adam Brase. He said the 82-year-old former president was undergoing physical therapy and was expected to be released by Saturday.

Bush traveled to the clinic late Tuesday after attending the Washington funeral of former President Ford, where he delivered a eulogy.

Bush had his left hip replaced at the Mayo Clinic in 2000. His wife, Barbara, also had successful hip replacement surgery there in 1997.

The former president has made several highly publicized skydives since leaving office, most recently in 2004 to celebrate his 80th birthday.

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