Detroit (WWJ)- Detroit Mayor Dave Bing will be staying in the hospital for at least another five days after undergoing surgery Saturday at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital.

The surgery was needed to repair a perforation of the intestines, according to a statement from Communications Director Bob Warfield.

“The surgery was performed successfully and the Mayor is resting comfortably,” the statement said.  “He is expected to remain in the hospital for five to seven days and undergo a full recovery.”

Mayor Bing, who went into the hospital Thursday, will return to normal activities within three weeks.  However, he can resume limited administrative duties as early as Sunday.

“I expect a faster than normal recovery due to Mayor Bing’s spectacular physical health. He is in very good spirits.” says Scott Dulchavsky M.D., PhD, Chair, Department of Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital.

Mayor Bing has designated Chief of Staff Kirk Lewis as Deputy Mayor and Lewis will act as mayor until Mayor Bing is able to resume his normal activities.

A spokeswoman for the mayor said Bing was hospitalized Thursday evening after he experienced discomfort following a dental procedure.  Friday afternoon, doctors  diagnosed Bing with an inflammation of the intestine.

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