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Secretary of State-Designate Rice Resting After Surgery

U.S. Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice is resting, after successful, minimally invasive surgery.

A senior administration official told VOA Dr. Rice underwent a one-and-a-half hour uterine fibroid embolization operation at a Washington hospital Friday. The operation, an alternative to hysterectomy, shrinks fibroid tumors and allows for a rapid recovery.

Uterine fibroids are among the most common tumors in women, and are not cancerous.

The administration official said Dr. Rice will stay in the hospital overnight, and return to work Monday. Currently the national security adviser, she was nominated by President Bush on Tuesday to head the State Department.