Biden Had a Benign But Pre-cancerous Polyp Removed

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President Joe Biden underwent standard colonoscopy at Walter Reed Medical Center last week and had a single 3-millimeter polyp removed.


  • During his routine colonoscopy, President Biden had a polyp, or small clump of cells that forms on the colon lining, removed.
  • A polyp is a benign, slow-growing lesion with precancerous potential. While most colon polyps are benign, some can develop colon cancer.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, the best way to prevent colon cancer is by routine polyp screen and removal. It was his first checkup after being sworn in as President; he is the country’s oldest first-term president.
  • Biden remains fit for duty and discharges all of his duties fully and without exemptions or accommodations according to the surgeon’s letter.

One of the several downsides of being President of the United States is that the world knows about matters that are generally kept between you and your physician. Thus, everyone is now aware that Joe Biden spent last Friday under anesthesia undergoing a colonoscopy.

The president’s colonoscopy grabbed headlines since he was placed under general anesthesia, which obliged him to transfer acting presidential powers to Vice President Kamala Harris, making her the first woman in the United States to hold presidential power.

A colon polyp, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a small clump of cells that develops on the colon’s lining. According to Mayo’s website, most colon polyps are innocuous; however, some colon polyps can develop into colon cancer over time.

The most effective way to prevent colon cancer is by routine screening for and removal of polyps, the clinic recommends.


Polyps are potentially malignant

Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the President’s physician, revealed Wednesday that the polyp was classified as a tubular adenoma, a benign, slow-growing lesion that is believed to be precancerous.

O’Connor noted that the polyp is identical to one removed by Biden in 2008 and that no further intervention is necessary at this time. The physician advised Biden to undergo routine screening following the discovery and that his next colonoscopy will be in seven to ten years.

Thanks to the anesthesia used in the colonoscopy operation, Biden transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday, making her the first woman to take US Presidential power for 85 minutes that morning.

Presidents are not compelled to disclose the results of their annual physical tests publicly but have done so to be transparent and reassure the American public in light of health concerns. However, presidents have guarded their ailment, the extent, and their medical interventions.

Biden Gets a Clean Bill of Health 

Biden, who hit 79 on Saturday, also underwent a physical at Walter Reed, his first since being installed as the country’s oldest first-term President.

Following that, O’Connor stated in a memo that Biden “remains fit for duty and discharges all of his responsibilities fully and without any exemptions or accommodations.


The doctor, who has remained with the President since he was vice president, pointed out two areas of “observation” for further examination: “an increasing recurrence and incidence of ‘throat clearing’ and coughing during speaking engagements” and the President’s ambulatory gait, or walking anomaly, which O’Connor identified as “perceptibly stiffer and less fluid than it was a year or so ago.”

Both have become prominent fixtures in Biden’s public appearances since assuming the presidency.

O’Connor stated in his Friday physical report that President Biden remains a healthy, strong 79-year-old male who is capable of properly carrying out the President’s duties, which include those of Chief Executive, Head of State, and Commander in Chief.

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