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Illinois Senator Mark Kirk Undergoes Gall Bladder Surgery at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senator Mark Kirk underwent gall bladder surgery this morning at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.  According to Kim Sobinsky, MD, FACS, a Northwestern Medicine general surgeon at Northwestern 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 gall stones 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 600,000-700,000 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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About Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a wholly owned entity of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. The hospital has more than 700 physicians board-certified in 90 medical specialties, located at its Lake Forest and Grayslake campuses and at facilities in Glenview, Gurnee-Brookside, Gurnee-Tower Court, Libertyville, Lindenhurst and Vernon Hills.  Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is ranked among Illinois' "Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report. It has been named the Consumer Choice hospital in Lake and Kenosha counties for nine years in a row by National Research Corporation and receives an "A" Hospital Safety Score from the nonprofit Leapfrog Group.  Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a Magnet hospital, having earned the country's highest recognition for patient care and nursing and is rated among the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" guide by Working Mother magazine.  For more information, visit

About Northwestern Medicine®

Northwestern Medicine® is the collaboration between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine around a strategic vision to transform the future of healthcare.  It encompasses the research, teaching and patient care activities of the academic medical center. Sharing a commitment to superior quality, academic excellence and patient safety, the organizations within Northwestern Medicine comprise more than 9,000 clinical and administrative staff, 3,100 medical and science faculty and 700 students. The entities involved in Northwestern Medicine remain separate organizations. Northwestern Medicine is a trademark of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and is used by Northwestern University.

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