White House: Jill Biden’s surgery on lesion ‘is progressing well’

Jill Biden’s surgery to remove a potentially cancerous lesion above her right eye went “well and as expected,” according to her office.

The US First Lady and President Joe Biden stayed at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland in the afternoon.

The update from Jill Biden’s office came after she was in the hospital for about six hours. Another update was expected after the operation.

Her office announced a week ago that doctors had discovered the lesion during a recent routine skin cancer screening.

She was scheduled to undergo a “common outpatient procedure known as Mohs’ surgery to remove and definitively examine the tissue,” said Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the president’s physician, in a Jan. 4 memo released by the first lady’s office last week.

This surgery involves removing thin layers of skin and examining each layer for signs of cancer, according to a Mayo Clinic data sheet.


President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden walk down the South Lawn of the White House in Washington (Susan Walsh/AP)

Doctors remove layers of skin and examine them until there are no signs of cancer. The procedure takes less than four hours for most people, and they can go home afterward.

Doctors recommended removing the 71-year-old first lady’s lesion “with extreme caution,” O’Connor wrote in the memo.

The Skin Cancer Foundation said the delicate skin around the eyes is particularly vulnerable to damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

The operation was arranged for the morning after the Bidens returned from Mexico City, where the president held two days of talks with leaders of Mexico and Canada and the first lady met with women, children and her North American counterparts.

In April 2021, the first lady had a medical procedure that the White House only described as “common.” Details were not given.

The President escorted them to an outpatient center near the George Washington University campus, and after about two hours they returned to the White House.

Mr. Biden also accompanied the first lady to Walter Reed for outpatient treatment in July 2021 after she punctured her left foot while walking on a beach in Hawaii. She had stopped in Hawaii for official events after attending opening events for the Tokyo Olympics.

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