Update on McCain’s health

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Sen. John McCain’s recovery time after going under the knife for a craniotomy this weekend has GOP senators nervous as they await his return to consider a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

A statement put out by the Mayo Clinic said, “Following a routine annual physical, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye on Friday, July 14 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Surgeons successfully removed the 5-cm blood clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision. Tissue pathology reports are pending within the next several days.” They added that the surgery went well, and McCain is “in good spirits.”

The statement also remarked, “On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week.”

However, medical experts are saying that one week of recovery time after a surgery of this type is probably not enough.

Neurosurgeons interviewed by The New York Times said the recovery time for such a procedure is typcially several weeks. “Usually, a blood clot in this area would be a very concerning issue,” said Dr. Nrupen Baxi, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Other surgeons interviewed said the recovery time could depend on the cause of the clot, which could have resulted from a stroke, a blow to the head, or brain changes tied to aging. The cause of McCain’s clot is currently unknown.

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