John Force surgery successful

Funny Car Champion Force okay after gall bladder surgery. Fullerton, Calif. - John Force, the 12-time NHRA Funny Car Champion, successfully underwent a laproscopic procedure Thursday to remove his malfunctioning gallbladder. The 106-time tour...

Funny Car Champion Force okay after gall bladder surgery.

Fullerton, Calif. - John Force, the 12-time NHRA Funny Car Champion, successfully underwent a laproscopic procedure Thursday to remove his malfunctioning gallbladder.

The 106-time tour winner, driver of the Castrol GTX0x00ae High Mileage Ford Mustang which set and holds the NHRA national record of 4.731 seconds, is expected to be fully recovered by the time qualifying begins March 14 for the 34th annual Mac Tools Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla.

The non-intrusive procedure was begun at 11:30 a.m. (Pacific time) and completed without complication at St. Jude Hospital.

In a telephone call following surgery, Force said that, after a brief recovery at his home in Yorba Linda, Calif., he expected to "come back stronger than ever. I want to thank all the fans for their concern, but it wasn't a big deal. It was just something that needed to be done because (the gall bladder) wasn't going to fix itself."

Force had experienced periodic pain for more than a year. He underwent a battery of tests earlier this year that eliminated other possible causes of that discomfort.

After consulting with his doctor and family, he decided to schedule the procedure during one of only two three-week breaks in the 2003 schedule to provide him the greatest amount of recovery time.

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