Barrasso Out Of Hospital After Unexpected Surgery For Stomach Obstruction

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso is out of a Casper hospital and will stay in Wyoming this week as he recovers from unexpected surgery on Sunday to clear a painful stomach obstruction.

Leo Wolfson

January 16, 20242 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso is recovering from an unexpected surgery and hospitalization over the weekend.

On Sunday night, Barrasso had successful abdominal laparoscopic surgery for an abdominal obstruction at Banner Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

Laura Mengelkamp, a Barrasso spokesperson, told Cowboy State Daily that Barrasso was released from the hospital around noon Monday and is now recuperating at his home in Casper this week.

Barrasso’s wife, Bobbi Barrasso, also is continuing ongoing treatment for cancer.

“Bobbi and I are grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff at Banner for their excellent care. I am doing well and was discharged from the hospital this morning,” Barrasso said in a Monday statement.

What Happened?

Mengelkamp said Barrasso woke up with stomach pain Sunday morning. When the pain didn’t subside, he checked into Banner around 5 p.m.

It was determined that the obstruction in his stomach needed surgery to resolve.

Mengelkamp said as far as she is aware, the obstruction wasn’t life threatening.

What’s Next?

Mengelkamp said Barrasso will stay in Wyoming for the week, which will cause him to miss all of this week’s Senate’s votes as the chamber does not allow remote voting.

She said he may make a public appearance in Wyoming this weekend before returning to Washington, D.C., to resume his duties next week. Barrasso, a former orthopedic surgeon, will need a doctor’s approval to travel back to the Capitol.

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