Scalise, the number three Republican in the House of Representatives, arrived at the hospital in a critical state, facing "an imminent risk of death", according to Sava. Hodgkinson has been identified as the suspect in the Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Washington D.C. shooting.
The shot fired at Scalise left perhaps hundreds of bullet fragments internally, many of which may never be removed because surgery might be more risky than leaving them in place, Sava said.
Sava said he told Scalise's family that "I am not declaring victory until he's playing ball in his backyard with his family".
She said she was married to James Hodgkinson for almost 30 years but they have not been together since March, when he moved to Washington, D.C.
Investigators say he shot House Rep. Steve Scalise before he was killed by police who had been guarding the congressman.
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and four others were injured in the shooting before U.S. Capitol Police fatally shot Hodgkinson.
Sava said Scalise "sustained a single rifle wound that entered into the area of the left hip". The doctor declined to discuss details of damage to Scalise's internal organs and said the medical team would make no effort to remove "possibly hundreds" of bullet fragments in the lawmaker's abdomen.
But Scalise still faces multiple surgeries, a prolonged hospital stay and a lengthy recovery, Sava stressed. The shooter was an IL man, James Hodgkinson, who had lashed out against US President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media.