Kirk went to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital on Saturday, complaining of pain in his upper abdomen.Dr. Kim Sobinsky says those symptoms are associated with a number of different problems.
"Sometimes it's hard to separate that from having a heart attack. But his heart checked out OK, everything was fine, and everything pointed toward the gall bladder."
So Sobinsky, a surgeon, removed Kirk's gall bladder Monday morning. He says the recovery time is short, that Kirk should be up and about and leaving the hospital within a day. He says patients can live a normal life without their gall bladders. The procedure means Kirk will miss Senate action in Washington this week. He returned in January after spending most of last year recovering from a stroke.