Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim will undergo surgery on Friday at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu to clear a blockage in an artery in his lower extremities, his office said today in a written statement.
Kim had been originally scheduled to have the surgery done at Stanford Medical Center.
The purpose of the surgery is to alleviate claudication, or too little blood flow to the legs, caused by the narrowing of arteries supplying blood to the lower extremities.
The mayor could be released from the hospital the same day as the surgery, which normally is an outpatient procedure.
“I have to be home because I want to be in the Christmas Parade with my granddaughter on Saturday,” Kim said.
The 79-year-old Kim has had six heart attacks, the latest occurring earlier this year, and had an external heart defibrillator installed July 31.