Boebert Diagnosed With Rare Condition, Undergoes Surgery

( – Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is no stranger to the spotlight. Not only is she notoriously outspoken, but scandals involving her ex-husband, teenage son, and recent antics at a local theater gained her lots of press. Recently, Boebert decided to leave her district to run for a more Republican-friendly district, a move that also attracted quite a bit of criticism. However, this time the Colorado lawmaker is in the news for a different reason — her health.

What Happened?

On April 2, Boebert’s campaign posted a message about the lawmaker on social media. It stated that the politician was admitted to the UC Health Medical Center of the Rockies the day before for “severe swelling in her upper left leg.” Doctors found she had a rare condition called May-Thurner syndrome, a condition that interrupts blood flow. As a result, she had a blood clot that caused the swelling. The team at the hospital recommended surgery, which was successfully completed the next day. The surgeon reportedly removed the blood clot and inserted a stint to assist with blood flow and any other symptoms going forward.

While Boebert will need time to recover from the procedure, she’s expected to make a full recovery without any long-term effects on her health. A doctor from the hospital, Dr. Rebecca Bade, confirmed that those with May-Thurner Syndrome go on to lead normal lives post-recovery.

The congresswoman released a statement following her surgery, thanking the hospital staff for their “great care.” Boebert said she was anxious to get “back to Congress” so she could “continue fighting for Colorado.” She didn’t state how long she would be gone.

More About May-Turner Syndrome

UPMC states that the disorder is a rare vascular condition affecting a pelvic vein. That vessel brings blood from the pelvis and legs to the heart. Symptoms of May-Turner syndrome include leg swelling, pressure, skin changes, ulcers that won’t heal, and deep vein thrombosis. If left untreated or if a blood clot breaks loose, it can cause a heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary embolism. Treatments include blood thinners, procedures to break up blood clots, stenting, and wearing compression stockings.

The syndrome typically presents itself in women ages 20 to 50, but experts aren’t sure what causes the condition. Boebert’s campaign added that those who have given birth are more likely to develop the disorder. Beyond stenting, it’s unclear what other measures, if any, the legislator will need to take in order to keep the blood clots at bay.

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