(PatriotWise.com)- Last Friday, President Biden went to Walter Reed Medical Center for a routine physical and colonoscopy. Friday afternoon, his doctor released the details of his physical, citing concern over Biden’s coughing fits and stiffer walk.
Dr. Kevin O’Connor, who was appointed by Biden in January 2021, noted that the President is experiencing “increased frequency and severity of throat-clearing and coughing during speaking engagements.” But he attributed this to the president’s ongoing gastroesophageal reflux, noting his symptoms get worse shortly after eating.
Dr. O’Connor also noted that the President’s increased coughing might be artificially compounded by all the media attention Biden gets every time he coughs in public.
Dr. O’Connor said that Biden’s gait is “perceptibly stiffer and less fluid.” He reported that the President is experiencing “significant spinal arthritis, post-fracture ‘limp and compensation’ and a mild sensory peripheral neuropathy of the feet.”
Biden also underwent a “detailed neurologic exam” which O’Connor said was “reassuring.” He found nothing that would be “consistent with any cerebellar or other central neurological disorder, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or ascending lateral sclerosis.”
However, it has been reported that the President’s physical exam did not include any tests to measure cognitive decline.
Late Wednesday night, the White House disclosed that during his colonoscopy, the President underwent a procedure to remove a benign polyp. The White House also said multiple diverticula, small pouches that can develop in the colon, were removed during the colonoscopy as well.
Dr. O’Connor said testing on the polyp showed it was a benign tubular adenoma. He characterized the growth as “a potentially precancerous lesion,” recommending continued “routine surveillance” and said the president should undergo another colonoscopy in seven to ten years. During a 2008 colonoscopy, Biden had a similar polyp detected and removed.
Joe Biden, who turned 79 last week, is the oldest first-term president in the history of the United States.
Despite his age, in his follow-up summary, Dr. O’Connor concluded that President Biden remains healthy and fit to serve.