12.13.06 South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson Survives
Senator Tim Johnson
Statement from the Office of Tim Johnson
Friday, December 15, 2006
Washington, DCó U.S. Senator Tim Johnson's office today
released more detailed information on the surgery
Johnson underwent for an intracerebral bleed on December
Surgery was performed by Vivek Deshmukh, MD a
neurosurgeon with special expertise and subspecialty
training in Cerebrovascular and Endovascular
Neurosurgery. The surgical team included Anthony Caputy,
M.D., Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery and Anthony
Venbrux, M.D., Director of Cardiovascular and
The surgery was considered a success. The surgeons
evacuated the blood and stabilized the bleeding. The
surgery also relieved the pressure on the brain.
Senator Johnson remains in the ICU in critical but
stable condition. "Considering his initial presentation,
his progress is encouraging. He is now stabilized and
continues to show signs of responsiveness to the medical
staff and the family" says Dr. Anthony Caputy.
Routinely patients with an intracranial hemorrhage
experience post-operative swelling of the brain. "Much
like a bruise, it takes time to heal," says Dr. Caputy.
Post-operative monitoring includes regular CT Scans. The
most recent was done this morning.
Says Dr. Vivek Deshmukh "His most recent CT Scan shows
that the pressure has been relieved from his brain and
there is no further bleeding. Currently his brain
pressures are normal and we will continue to monitor
this closely for several days."
As a preventative measure doctors placed a filter in his
vena cava last night. "Using state-of-the-art
intravascular ultrasound at his bedside, we placed a
removable MRI-compatible filter into his vena cava to
reduce any risk of blood clots going to the lungs," says
Dr. Anthony Venbrux.
It is anticipated that Senator Johnson will be in the
hospital until brain swelling goes down and his overall
condition improves. As he presented with weakness on his
right side, doctors anticipate that physical therapy
will be part of recovery.
Contact: Julianne Fisher, Megan Smith (202)224-5842