June 13, 2007

Senator Tom Coburn's Out Of Commission Temporarily

I just received an e-mail from the staff of Senator Tom Coburn, one of the best in the Republican caucus and a strong fighter on behalf of clean government. The Senator had to have surgery to remove a tumor on his pituitary gland:

Dr. Coburn underwent successful surgery this morning for the removal of a benign pituitary tumor. The procedure involved no complications and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery. We don’t have a date certain for his return, but we do expect him to be able to resume his Senate duties full-time by the end of the month.

I found information on pituitary tumors here. The traditional pituitary surgery will leave no external scar, and from what I gather in the release, nothing more was necessary. That's why the staff expects him back to work so soon -- great news indeed.

Our prayers go out to Senator Coburn for a speedy recovery, and to his family for strength in the next few days.


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Comments (5)

Posted by Kevin | June 13, 2007 5:46 PM

Interesting that the press release refers to him as "Dr."

Guess "Senator" has lost some of it's cache.

Posted by Dr. T | June 13, 2007 5:55 PM

Do you remember the movie Total Recall?
Where Ahnuld uses a device to retrieve his memory chip by inserting it in his nose and then....
yes, you remember. I think the surgery is a little like that...although I've never actually seen that one.

In any case we certainly do hope for his speedy recovery. Pituitary tumors are not malignant, but can displace normal hormonal tissue and sometimes produce pituitary hormones such as growth hormone, resulting in higher than normal levels.

Posted by richard mcenroe | June 13, 2007 7:50 PM

John McCain immediately stepped up and offered the tumor amnesty, citizenship and educational benefits...

Posted by firedup | June 13, 2007 9:25 PM

I pray that Senator Coburn will recover fully, with minimum discomfort.

I wonder what his symptoms were that led to the discovery of the tumor? I recall he was absent for the infamous cloture vote in the Senate last Thursday ...

Get well, Mr. Senator, we need you and more like you.

Posted by Buzzy | June 13, 2007 11:16 PM

That Tom Coburn uses the title of Dr. isn't really a mystery. First he is an MD and secondly he isn't a professional politician. He ran on the promise that if elected to a second term in the Senate he would not run a third time, a self imposed term limit which sadly will deprive Oklahoma and the nation at large of a good conservative voice in the Senate. I'm proud to have Dr. Coburn represent me in the Senate and my thoughts and prayers are with him.