Doctors removed a blockage from Sen. Ted Kennedy's left carotid artery Friday.
BOSTON (CNN) - Sen. Ted Kennedy was released from the hospital Saturday, following a procedure Friday to remove a blockage in his left carotid artery, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Democrat said.
"Senator Kennedy was released from Massachusetts General Hospital today following Friday's successful surgery to remove blockage in his carotid artery. After a few days of rest at home in Hyannis Port, the senator will return to the Senate," said Melissa Wagoner.
Kennedy's office said the blockage was discovered "as part of a routine evaluation of Senator Kennedy's back and spine."
"MRI studies picked up an unrelated, asymptomatic blockage in the senator's left carotid artery," the office said Friday in a written statement. It described the procedures as "preventive surgery."
Doctors for Kennedy, 75, said they performed a carotid endarterectomy, which involves making a cut in the neck and pulling plaque out of the artery.
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