First lady Jill Biden will undergo a common outpatient surgery next week to have a skin lesion above her right eye removed and biopsied, the White House physician said in a letter Wednesday.
The discovery was made during a routine skin cancer screening for Biden, and the procedure will be done with caution at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Jan. 11, the letter said.
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“We will offer an update after the procedure is completed, and we have more information,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in the letter.
The procedure that will be done is called a Mohs surgery, which is considered the most effective technique for treating skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Everything for the surgery happens while the patient waits, including lab work and the results. The patient is also numbed with a local anesthetic over the impacted area rather than anesthesia that would affect the person’s full day.
Biden underwent a different outpatient procedure in April 2021 in what the White House claimed was a common medical procedure. The president went with her to an outpatient facility near George Washington University, but the couple returned a couple of hours later. The White House never revealed any further information on that procedure.