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Published March 02, 2011, 12:00 AM

Scott Hennen recovering from colon surgery

Radio talk-show host hopes to return to airwaves next week
Scott Hennen, a conservative Fargo radio talk-show host, is recovering from surgery to remove his colon after pre-cancerous growths were found.

By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM

Scott Hennen, a conservative Fargo radio talk-show host, is recovering from surgery to remove his colon after pre-cancerous growths were found.

Hennen was able to walk and drink diet soda Tuesday, following surgery Monday at a hospital associated with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

“I’m on the mend,” Hennen said in a telephone interview from his room at Rochester Methodist Hospital.

Hennen was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammation of the colon, in 1997 and since has battled flare-ups of the disease.

The condition grew progressively more difficult to manage with medication, and last summer his doctors recommended surgery to remove the colon after tests revealed pre-cancerous growths in his colon.

Hennen, whose surgeon said the successful operation was “textbook,” is relieved to have the procedure done, and to be rid of ulcerative colitis.

“The ulcerative colitis goes out with the colon,” he said. “That’s gone. That’s a big benefit.”

Well-wishers have left messages on Hennen’s Facebook page. Karl Rove, the prominent Republican political strategist, sent flowers.

“He’s quite the guy,” Hennen said. “I’ve been hearing from lots of folks. It’s been nice.”

Hennen, who has a program on AM 1100 The Flag, expects to get out of the hospital as early as Friday, depending on his recovery, and hopes to be back on the air next week.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Patrick Springer at (701) 241-5522

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