President Joe Biden’s physician removed a “benign, slow-growing, but thought to be potentially pre-cancerous lesion” during a colonoscopy on Nov. 19, according to The Daily Caller.
The presidential physician, Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, released information about the removal on Wednesday event, allowing the American people to better understand the physical fitness of the president of the United States.
According to O’Connor, the president had a “benign appearing 3 mm polyp” in his colon that seemed to be similar to the one that was removed from the president in 2008.
Tests were performed and showed that the polyp “as a tubular adenoma,” according to the physician and was as part of a “routine” procedure. The doctor seemed sure that Biden was in the clear and recommended he have another colonoscopy in seven to 10 years.
The White House press secretary Jen Psaki described the procedure as “routine,” but questions were raised when it was revealed that the procedure required that the president be put under anesthesia.
During the time Biden was under, power of the Commander-in-Chief was transferred to Vice President Kamala Harris as “set out in the Constitution,” according to Psaki.
“As was the case when President George W. Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and following the process set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anesthesia. The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time,” Psaki said at the time.
In his full report, O’Connor said that the total results of his physical showed him to be a “healthy, vigorous, 78-year old” who is “fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.”