Senator John McCain’s surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye ‘may be more serious than he admitted’ and it could require weeks of recovery

  • Arizona Senator John McCain’s surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye may be more serious than he is letting on 
  • The Republican lawmaker announced on Saturday that he would spend this coming week recuperating in Arizona
  • Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s office issued a statement announcing that he would ‘defer’ a vote on the health care legislation 
  • The statement put out by McCain seemed to imply that it would take him a week before he could return to work 
  • Medical experts said, however, that it could take at least two weeks, perhaps more, for McCain to recover given the nature of the procedure
US Senator John McCain will remain in Arizona next week to recuperate from a medical procedure that removed a 2-inch blood clot above his left eye

US Senator John McCain will remain in Arizona next week to recuperate from a medical procedure that removed a 2-inch blood clot above his left eye.

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Arizona Senator John McCain’s surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye may be more serious than he is letting on, medical experts said on Sunday.

The Republican lawmaker announced on Saturday that he would spend this coming week recuperating in Arizona.

McCain’s office announced that the senator underwent a procedure Friday to remove the blood clot at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

The senator’s office was not immediately available to comment on when he would return to Washington.

Soon after news of McCain’s surgery broke, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s office issued a statement announcing that he would ‘defer’ a vote on the health care legislation.

McCain’s absence gave McConnell little choice, with Republicans so divided that the subtraction of a single ‘yes’ vote could doom the healthcare bill.

The statement put out by McCain seemed to imply that it would take him a week before he could return to work.

'Thanks to @MayoClinic for its excellent care - I appreciate your support & look forward to getting back to work!,' McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a tweet late on Saturday

‘Thanks to @MayoClinic for its excellent care – I appreciate your support & look forward to getting back to work!,’ McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a tweet late on Saturday

Medical experts interviewed by The New York Times said, however, that it could take at least two weeks, perhaps more, for McCain to recover given the nature of the procedure.

McCain’s office released a statement saying that doctors took out a two-inch blood clot from ‘above his left eye’ in what was a ‘minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision.’

The operation was ordered ‘following a routine annual physical.’

A craniotomy is the removal of a part of the bone that makes up the skull.

McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, also thanked the Mayo Clinic. 'Thank you to the incredible team at the Mayo Clinic Arizona for taking such good care of my father,' the Fox News personality tweeted. 'He will be back soon'

McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, also thanked the Mayo Clinic. ‘Thank you to the incredible team at the Mayo Clinic Arizona for taking such good care of my father,’ the Fox News personality tweeted. ‘He will be back soon’

The senator's colleagues also took to social media to wish him well. 'Praying for a speedy recovery for my friend,' tweeted Senator Charles Schumer, the Senate minority leader

The senator’s colleagues also took to social media to wish him well. ‘Praying for a speedy recovery for my friend,’ tweeted Senator Charles Schumer, the Senate minority leader

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren posted a photo of the two together at what appears to be an air base overseas. 'John is one of the toughest fighters I know,' the senator tweeted. 'I'm sure he'll make a speedy recovery'

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren posted a photo of the two together at what appears to be an air base overseas. ‘John is one of the toughest fighters I know,’ the senator tweeted. ‘I’m sure he’ll make a speedy recovery’

David Axelrod, a former top adviser to President Barack Obama, also wished McCain well

David Axelrod, a former top adviser to President Barack Obama, also wished McCain well

Medical experts say that an eyebrow incision is needed if the surgeon needs to reach a clot that is either in or near the left frontal lobes of the brain.

‘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.

‘The recovery time from a craniotomy is usually a few weeks,’ he said.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic said they would provide more information in the coming days once they see results of tissue pathology reports.

Last month, McCain left observers baffled when he fired off a series of seemingly incoherent questions at former FBI Director James Comey during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The senator acknowledged the bizarre questions the next day, joking that he shouldn’t stay up late to watch baseball games.

But the episode seemed to bring renewed focus on McCain’s age – he turns 81 next month – and mental status.

‘Usually, a blood clot like this is discovered when patients have symptoms, whether it’s a seizure or headaches or weakness or speech difficulties,’ Dr. Baxi said.

Last month, McCain (seen above on July 11, 2017) left observers baffled when he fired off a series of seemingly incoherent questions at former FBI Director James Comey during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee

Last month, McCain (seen above on July 11, 2017) left observers baffled when he fired off a series of seemingly incoherent questions at former FBI Director James Comey during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee

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‘Generally, it’s not found on a routine physical because doctors would not know to look for it.’

McCain’s doctors have not said what caused the clot, but experts say the range of possibilities include a fall, a blow to the head, a stroke, or changes to the brain that are inherent with aging.

Another possibility could be related to McCain’s history of melanoma, an aggressive skin cancer that could spread to the brain and cause bleeding.

Medical experts say the clot could have been removed from a number of areas: between the skull and the dura, the membrane that covers the brain; between the dura and surface of the brain; or inside the brain itself.

A best-case scenario for McCain, according to one doctor, is a subdural hematoma – a collection of blood between the dura and the brain.

‘You would hope it’s a subdural, a relatively benign process,’ said Dr. David J. Langer of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

‘It’s common in the elderly, especially if they’re on blood thinners. It can occur from relatively minor head injuries. The elderly brain loses volume, and as it retracts, the bridging veins from the brain to the dura are under increasing tension, and minor trauma can cause them to ooze or leak.’

These kinds of operations are elective procedures and not emergencies.

Once the clot is removed, the piece of skull that was taken out if put back in place and fastened with titanium plates.

‘He would be able to return to being a senator in a relatively short period of time with no ill effects,’ Dr. Langer said.

‘This is an assumption. But it sounds like something not life-threatening or even a career-threatening problem.’

Dr. Philip Stieg, a brain surgeon at Weill Cornell Medicine, said the fact that McCain was released from the hospital quickly is a good sign.

‘I think the one possibility that’s of concern is that melanomas are known to go to the brain and they can bleed,’ Dr. Stieg said.

‘They’ll have to wait for the pathology to come back. The good news is that five centimeters is a sizable blood clot, but in the frontal lobe, it should be well tolerated and hopefully he won’t have any neurologic deficits.’

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