Boston mayor to have prostate surgery

May 27, 2013, 5:00 pm

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has scheduled prostate surgery, the latest among health issues that have included a bone fracture and respiratory infection.

Spokeswoman Dorothy Joyce said in an email Monday the surgery scheduled for Friday at Brigham and Women's Hospital is intended to correct a "very common issue among men of his age." She said the surgery is elective and will require a few days in the hospital and recovery at home.

The mayor's office confirmed the surgery for an enlarged prostate.

Menino's physician tells the Boston Herald and The Boston Globe the 70-year-old mayor does not have prostate cancer, which is one reason for the surgery.

He said the surgery is not unusual for a man the mayor's age and does not indicate a more serious condition.

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