Sen. Mark Kirk underwent additional surgery late Wednesday to create more space around his brain “in order to accommodate the expected peaking of swelling,” his neurosurgeon said in a statement today.
To increase space, doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital removed two small pieces of tissue previously destroyed and rendered non-functional by the stroke.
The procedure is unlikely to have any impact on his physical or neurological prognosis,” said Dr. Richard Fessler, noting that the procedure was common. “Upon examination this morning, the Senator was alert, responsive and gave us the thumbs up on request.”
Kirk had emergency surgery Sunday after going to a hospital with symptoms of stroke a day earlier.
At that time, Fessler removed a piece of Kirk's skull to alleviate pressure from swelling.
The stroke affected Kirk's left side, particularly movement of his left arm and his face. Doctors say he is expected to make a full mental recovery but might not regain full movement, even after rehabilitation.