‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Pat Sajak recovering from emergency surgery

It's not clear when Sajak will return to “Wheel of Fortune,” but the show says Vanna White will fill in for now
3:48 | 11/09/19

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Transcript for ‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Pat Sajak recovering from emergency surgery
There he is. Pat Sajak, longtime host of "Wheel of fortune" is recovering this morning after having emergency surgery. A familiar face stepping in to his shoes, and we have more. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning to you. Holds the guinness world record for longest career of a game show hosts of the same show but "Wheel of fortune" but someone else had to host the show after he was rushed to surgery for a blocked intestine. Hosting "Wheel of fortune" for 37 years. All: Wheel -- of -- fortune. Reporter: Forced to take time off after undergoing emergency surgery. Posting on Twitter our taping canceled because host Pat Sajak underwent emergency surgery. Taping resumed Friday with "Wheel of fortune" star Vanna white stepping in as host. White brought a few Disney favorites including Mickey and Pluto to join in. She and sajak celebrated an anniversary this year. It's a nice position to be in when you're a little, old television show. Reporter: Just last week seen out with Vanna and Alex trebek honoring a friend on the Hollywood walk of fame. Chemo affects people in different ways. It does. And people have to understand that, and there's nothing wrong with saying, hey, I'm really depressed today, and I have no idea why. Uh-huh. Reporter: In a recent interview with "Gma" the legendary host opened up how he's doing and his push to keep fighting. So I'm used to dealing with pain, but what I'm not used to dealing with is these surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness and it brings tears to my eyes. Reporter: "Jeopardy" showing support for sajak tweeting, wishing pat a speedy recovery. It's not clear when Pat Sajak will return to "Wheel of fortune" but the show says he is looking forward to it. As for trebek, still behind the podium and "Jeopardy" and will host the show as long as he can. A lot of people cheering for both of them. Reporter: Exactly. Back to Pat Sajak and chief health correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton is here to talk more about that. Described as a blocked intestine. Tell us about the treatment, though, and how much of an emergency is this? It is a true surgical emergency and the term blocked intestine is not the medical or surgical term. The real term is sbo or small bowel obstruction. When blocked, most often due to internal scar tissue, we call adhesions occasionally due to things like crohn's or in some cases a tumor in the intestine, that is a surgical emergency. That intestine becomes compromised. It can back up, it can release bacteria into the bloodstream so that person goes right to the operating room. Treatment is usually very straightforward. Surgery to relieve the blockage. Dan was mentioning in the piece actually, sounds really painful. How difficult or long is the recovery? You know what? It's an abdominal surgical procedure. Depends whether that surgery is done laparoscopically through tiny incisions or whether the patient needs a larger incision. Usually spend a couple days in the hospital. Any surgical management, returning to pre-operative condition which is walking, ambulating, eating, pain management and usually recover very, very well. So we are sending him our best wishes. And fans eager to see him back on TV. Thank you. Coming up, football mega

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