'Benign' polyp removed during Biden's colonoscopy

The polyp was a "tubular adenoma," similar to one that Biden had removed in 2008.
President Biden on Oct 28, 2021
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

During President Joe Biden's colonoscopy last week, a polyp was removed that was "benign, slow-growing, but thought to be precancerous lesion," but no more action is required at this time, the White House physician said Wednesday.

The "tubular adenoma" that the polyp was identified as is similar to one that Biden had removed in 2008, according to Dr. Kevin O'Connor, Reuters reported.

He said it's recommended to have routine surveillance and that the president shoud have another colonoscopy in seven to 10 years.

On Friday, Biden temporarily transferred power over to Vice President Kamala Harris during the colonoscopy procedure.

Biden also had a physical exam, and O'Connor said on Friday that the 79-year-old president was "healthy" and "vigorous" and fit for duty.