Sen. Tim Johnson on the mend after surgery

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

"Senator Johnson had an acute gallbladder infection and will remain in the hospital a few days on an IV antibiotic.  He is doing well," said Dr. Scott Beckstrand at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.

"The senator is feeling much better.  I expect him to make a full recovery," said Johnson's surgeon, Dr. Donald J. Wingert, MD, FACS at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.

"I'm feeling good and they already have me up and moving around the room.  I'm following doctors' orders and trying to rest, but I look forward to getting home," said Sen. Johnson, who is catching up on the newspapers this morning.

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