Sen. Johnson has gallbladder surgery

U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) is resting comfortably after surgery to remove his gallbladder Tuesday morning at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

"The surgery went exceedingly well. We were able to remove the gallbladder laparoscopically. The senator is resting comfortably.  All of our findings point to the gallbladder as the primary problem, but it is still possible that he is having some lingering effects from the antibiotic drug reaction.  We will keep the senator in the hospital a few more days for observation," said Johnson's surgeon, Dr. Donald J. Wingert, MD, FACS at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.

"Tim is in good hands and in good spirits.  We want to thank everyone for their prayers and support," Barb Johnson, wife of Sen. Johnson, said.

Sen. Johnson was admitted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls on Sunday with a possible reaction to an antibiotic with a fever. He was in stable condition, and at that time was kept in the hospital for observation.

 

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