Just three years on the heel of Sonny Bono’s tragic skiing accident, his wife, Congresswoman Mary Bono, now faces a health scare of her own.

Bono checked into Palm Springs’ Desert Hospital where she’ll undergo a surgical procedure January 23 to remove a benign mass in her lower abdominal region. The news comes merely days after the third anniversary of her husband’s death, January 5, 1998.

“I have been informed by my doctors that the prognosis for recover is excellent,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to returning as soon as possible to my duties as representative of the 44th District.”

After speaking with doctors over the past few weeks, Bono decided to have the surgery as a precautionary measure. Following the procedure, she’s expected return to her Palm Springs’ home where sources say she’ll spend the next 6 to 8 weeks recovering.

“Congresswoman Bono’s prognosis is excellent,” said an optimistic Dr. John DeMersseman, who will perform the procedure. “This a fairly routine procedure for many women and I anticipate a full recovery.”

Bono took over her husband’s seat in Congress after his death in 1998.

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