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Kennedy out of hospital after surgery

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  • Massachusetts Democrat had artery blockage removed Friday
  • Senator to return to work in a few days, spokeswoman says
  • Blockage in carotid artery found during routine exam, office says
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BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Sen. Ted Kennedy was released from the hospital Saturday, following a procedure Friday to remove an artery blockage, 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 procedure 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. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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