BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) – Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has elected to have surgery on an enlarged prostate which will require a few days in the hospital, as well as some additional recovery time at his home.
The mayor's office said in a statement Monday that the surgery is scheduled for Friday at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is intended to correct a very common issue among men the mayor's age. The surgery will only take a few hours, and the mayor is expected to make a full and complete recovery.
Menino's physician, Charles Morris, told the Boston Herald and The Boston Globe that the mayor does not have prostate cancer, which is one reason for the surgery. He reiterated that the surgery is not unusual for a man the mayor's age and does not indicate a more serious condition.
Mayor Menino, now 70, announced late March that he would not seek a sixth term; however, he made it very clear he has no plans to retire and will continue his public service, just not in office.
At the end of 2012, Menino was hospitalized for eight weeks with a respiratory infection and a blood clot, complicated by a compression fracture in his spine and a diabetes diagnosis. He continued to run the city as he recovered, but as a result, made fewer public appearances as he rehabilitated.
Mayor Menino, who is from Hyde Park, is Boston's longest-serving mayor and is the city's first Italian-American mayor breaking a nearly century-long domination of city politics by Irish-American mayors.