BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) -- Boston Mayor Tom Menino is expected to spend the next few days at Brigham and Women's Hospital following his open prostatectomy.
The mayor had the elective surgery to relieve symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate Friday. The procedure lasted approximately two hours and went well according to a doctor at the hospital. Mayor Menino is expected to make a full recovery.
Dr. Kevin Loughlin said in an e-mail written shortly after the surgery that it is a simple procedure and that an enlarged prostate is a common problem for men of the mayor's age.
Mayor Menino, now 70, announced in 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.