BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was released from the Massachusetts General Hospital on Saturday, a day after surgery to clear a blockage in a major neck artery.
Kennedy, 75, plans to rest for a few days at the family's Hyannis Port compound before returning to work in the Senate, according to a statement from his office.
The blockage in Kennedy's left carotid artery, which supplies blood to the face and brain, was discovered Oct. 4 after a routine physical examination and MRI on his back.
Kennedy hurt his back in a 1964 plane crash, and an MRI is conducted periodically to check on his spine.
Dr. Richard Cambria, who performed the surgery, told reporters the surgery was performed to prevent a stroke.