Doctor recommends ‘routine surveillance’ after Biden’s colonoscopy
The White House said late Wednesday that a polyp removed from President Biden’s colon last Friday was “benign” and “thought to be precancerous” and requires no further action, multiple news outlets reported.
Biden’s doctor identified the polyp as “tubular adenoma,” according to Reuters, adding that it was similar to the one removed in 2008.
Kevin O’Connor, physician to the president, also reportedly recommended that “routine surveillance” continue.
The polyp was removed “without difficulty” at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to the White House’s summary of Biden’s physical examination.
The White House noted that several diverticula, or small pouches, were also removed from Biden’s colon.
O’Connor pronounced the president to be “healthy” and “vigorous” after the physical. Biden, who at 79 is the oldest president in U.S. history, was also deemed “fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.”
Biden transferred power to Vice President Harris during the 85-minute procedure, which made her the first woman to ever hold presidential authority.
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