McCain's surgery anything but 'minor'

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Arizona Sen. John McCain. (17 July 2017) [Source: 3TV/CBS5] Arizona Sen. John McCain. (17 July 2017) [Source: 3TV/CBS5]
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Sen. John McCain is planning a return to the Senate next week following a surgery to remove a two inch blood clot over his eye, but his recovery may take longer than he anticipates.

One of the Valley's top neurosurgeons says it could take Arizona's senior senator two weeks to recuperate, further pushing back a vote on the GOP health care.

"If there are no other issues, then two weeks would be a very reasonable recovery time," says Dr. Joseph Zabramski, a surgeon with Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

Zabramski also says the craniotomy McCain underwent is a serious procedure because, "there is no such thing as minor in neurosurgery."  

During the surgery he says doctors make an incision above the eye and temporarily remove part of bone.

[RELATED: McConnell delays vote on health care after McCain surgery]

This exposes the brain  and allows doctors to remove the clot from the frontal lobe.

Zabramski, who is not McCain's doctor, held off on calling it brain surgery because he is not familiar with the specifics of McCain case.

Sometimes, he says, the clot is located outside the brain, meaning doctors would not have to go into the brain matter to remove the abnormality.

While his office says the senator is in good condition, he doesn't have a clean bill of health just yet.

McCain is still waiting for the results of a pathology report, which usually take several days to complete.

Senate leaders have delayed the vote on a bill to repeal Obamacare until next week until McCain returns.

However, late Monday the Associated Press is reporting that two more Republican senators announced they will not be voting for the Republican health bill, dealing a significant blow Republican hopes of scraping President Barack Obama's signature piece of legislation.

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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