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Illinois Senator Mark Kirk Undergoes Gall Bladder Surgery

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital December 08, 2013

LAKE FOREST, IL – Senator Mark Kirk underwent gall bladder surgery this morning at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. According to Kim Sobinsky, MD, FACS, a Northwestern Medicine general surgeon at Lake Forest Hospital, “Senator Mark Kirk underwent a laparascopic cholecystectomy, which is a minimally invasive procedure to remove the gall bladder. The procedure took 30 minutes and went as planned without any complications.”

Senator Kirk presented to the hospital on Saturday, December 7, 2013 with abdominal pain, which was diagnosed as symptomatic gallstones and inflammation of the gall bladder. According to Sobinsky, “This is the typical indication to perform gall bladder surgery. Patients who undergo this procedure typically are up and about within a day and fully recovered in approximately two to three weeks. “

Sobinsky added, “About 10 percent of the time, there are no stones and the gall bladder is inflamed for other reasons. The procedure is performed about 600,000 to 700,000 times a year in the United States, so it is a common procedure. The gall bladder is not an essential organ, and patients can live a normal life without it. Senator Kirk’s lifestyle will not be changed by this procedure.”

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