80-year-old Arizona Senator John McCain underwent a surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye
Senator John McCain underwent what was described as a “minimally invasive” procedure at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona to remove a blood clot from behind his left eye.
Senator McCain has battled melanoma over the years, a form of skin cancer which, if left untreated, can sometimes turn deadly. McCain has been treated for melanoma at least four times, and sustains a visible scar on his face from a serious attack in 2000.
Surgeons at the Mayo Clinic removed a 5-centimeter blood clot on Saturday afternoon, the clot having been discovered after a yearly routine physical.
A statement from the Mayo Clinic reads that the blood clot was successfully removed after a “minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision” and has been sent for analysis.
“The Senator is resting comfortably at home and is in good condition. His Mayo Clinic doctors report that the surgery went ‘very well’ and he is in good spirits,” the statement continues.
“Once the pathology information is available, further care will be discussed between doctors and the family. In the meantime, his Mayo Clinic care team will not be conducting interviews.”
McCain’s office issues a statement that the Senator is “in good spirits”
Although Senator McCain will miss the highly anticipated Senate debate about the controversial Republican health care bill, McCain’s office stated the Senator is doing well and in good spirits.
“Senator McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff. He is in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family.”
“On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week.”