Former Mayor Ed Koch is recovering in the intensive care unit of New York Presbyterian Hospital after undergoing aortic valve replacement surgery today.
Surgeons used a cow valve to replace a valve that had been put in place following a 1999 heart attack. They also replaced four arteries.
"It went as well as expected," said a Koch spokesperson.
Doctors discovered the surgery was necessary during a routine angioplasty that was scheduled for Monday. An angioplasty opens a clogged artery.
"Whatever God wants, God will have," Koch joked to the New York Daily News. "God will take me if he needs legal or political advice."
The surgery was performed by the same surgeon who performed former President Bill Clinton's bypass surgery in 2004.
NY1 spoke with Dr. Robert Frankel of Maimonides Medical Center about what the former mayor would expect from this point forward.
"He needs to be monitored to make sure the heart is functioning well, that the valve seats well and is working well," said Frankel. "And we have to watch in all patients that infections and things like that don't occur. Usually its a very rare thing and he should do well with the new valve in place."
The three-term mayor appears regularly on the Wise Guys segment of NY1's political program, "Road to City Hall."