updated 8/27/2008 10:54:24 PM ET 2008-08-28T02:54:24

Dara Torres, the U.S. swimmer who won three silver medals in the Beijing Olympics at age 41, had surgery on her right shoulder Wednesday.

Dr. Joseph Chalal shaved the outer end of Torres’ collarbone during the arthroscopic procedure.

Torres, who missed gold by a hundredth of a second in the 50-meter freestyle in China, set an American record by competing in her fifth Olympics.

She has won 12 Olympic medals, tied with swimmer Jenny Thompson for most by an American woman, in a career that began as a 17-year-old in the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

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