Outgoing Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he would be undergoing foot surgery that will lead to him missing three to four weeks of congressional activity.
Chaffetz posted an X-ray image of his foot on on Instagram, explaining he had broken his foot 12 years ago and it took 14 screws and a metal plate to repair it.
“Yes, I wish I could say I was cliff diving in Mexico but the truth is I fell off a ladder while repairing something in my garage,” he said.
Chaffetz said University of Utah doctors recommended immediate surgery or he would run the risk of infection. Chaffetz said his recovery is expected to last three to four weeks.
“I’m sorry to miss the important work we are doing in Washington,” he said. “This is not an opportune time to be away but medical emergencies are never convenient.”
Chaffetz announced last week that he would not seek re-election, setting off speculation about who would run for his seat.