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Governor Has Gall Bladder Removed

June 18, 1993

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Gov. Jim Edgar underwent surgery to remove an inflamed gall bladder this morning and the surgeon who performed the operation said it went ″just fine.″

Dr. Keith Wichterman said the governor’s first question coming out of general anesthesia was how soon he could be back to work. Edgar wants to resume budget negotiations with legislators as early as Tuesday or Wednesday.

″He was teasing us a little bit, telling us to be sure we had a good night’s sleep,″ Wichterman told reporters.

The 46-year-old Republican played down the procedure Thursday night, calling it an inconvenience and saying he expected to return to work in a few days.

Wichterman said Edgar, who underwent a procedure to clear a clogged artery last fall, will be monitored throughout the day and barring any complications could be released Saturday morning.

The surgery lasted about an hour, said Barbara Stone, director of surgery at Memorial Medical Center.

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