WBEZ | skull http://www.wbez.org/tags/skull Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Swelling 'subsided' after stroke, doctors reattach portion of Sen. Kirk's skull http://www.wbez.org/story/swelling-subsided-after-stroke-doctors-reattach-portion-sen-kirks-skull-96188 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-08/KIRK22.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Doctors on Tuesday re-attached the portion of U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's skull that was removed after he suffered a stroke more than two weeks ago.</p><p>The roughly 4-inch-by-8-inch portion of Kirk's skull was removed the day after he began experiencing symptoms, in order to make room for swelling caused by the stroke. In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Northwestern Memorial Hospital neurosurgeon Richard Fessler said that swelling "had subsided."</p><p>Fessler previously told reporters that the bone was frozen sterilely, and described how it would be put back on.</p><p>"It's a very simple procedure to go back to surgery, reopen the same incision, which isn't hard to do because it hasn't healed very far," Fessler said during a January 24th press conference. "And you simply put the bone back in its position, connected with titanium plates and screws. And it's a very firm reconstruction of the skull."</p><p>Fessler in his statement Tuesday called this procedure a "milestone" in Kirk's recovery.</p><p>On Monday, the doctor upgraded Kirk to good condition, from fair, and said the senator watched the Super Bowl on Sunday night.</p></p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 21:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/swelling-subsided-after-stroke-doctors-reattach-portion-sen-kirks-skull-96188