WHITE HOUSE -- The White House says first lady Laura Bush is resting comfortably after successful surgery Saturday to relieve pain from pinched nerves in her neck.
The problem kept her from joining President Bush on a trip to Australia this week for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
The first couple spoke by phone and the first lady told the president the surgery went well.
President Bush returns to Washington early Sunday.
Mrs. Bush injured a nerve in her neck and shoulder earlier this year while hiking and has been treated with physical therapy since. When the physical therapy did not work, doctors suggested surgery.