Sen. John McCain undergoes surgery for blood clot above eye

PHOENIX — U.S. Sen. John McCain on Friday underwent a "minimally invasive" medical procedure at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, the 80-year-old Arizona Republican's office announced Saturday afternoon.

Mayo Clinic surgeons took out the 5-centimeter blood clot during "a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision," according to a Mayo Clinic Hospital statement released by McCain's office. Tissue pathology reports are pending, it said.

"The senator is resting comfortably at home and is in good condition. His Mayo Clinic doctors report that the surgery went ‘very well’ and he is in good spirits," the Mayo Clinic statement said. "Once the pathology information is available, further care will be discussed between doctors and the family. In the meantime, his Mayo Clinic care team will not be conducting interviews.”

In its own written statement, McCain's office echoed that McCain is in good spirits.

“Senator McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff," McCain's office said. "He is in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family. On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week.”

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., also put out a statement on McCain’s health.

“I have never known a man more tenacious and resilient than John McCain,” Flake said. ”I look forward to seeing him back at work soon. In the meantime, Cheryl and I extend our best wishes to John, Cindy and the entire McCain family and pray for his speedy recovery.”

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