Metro Councilor Bob Stacey is expecting to return to work next week after surgery to remove a benign tumor from the meninges, tissue between the brain and the skull.
Stacey underwent a six-hour operation last Wednesday, about a month after doctors first realized the non-cancerous tumor was causing a build-up in pressure in Stacey's skull.
The operation was not expected to cause significant problems. In an interview Monday, Stacey said he's already been out walking around his neighborhood, and could try to attend this coming Thursday's council meeting.
It's more likely, Stacey said, he'll return to work next week.
Doctors ordered an MRI for Stacey after he noticed increased difficulty seeing clearly.
"You want to know what's going on if you have anything affecting something as important as your vision," Stacey said.
They found a tumor pressing on a vein that drains fluid from the brain.
"It was great in that there was something to look for," he said. "It was not great in that a carcinoma could have been on that list (of causes). It was great in that it was benign."
Doctors did not remove the tumor entirely, opting for radiation treatment rather than surgical removal of some remaining parts of the tumor. But Stacey said the long-term prognosis is good.
"We are looking to be pretty happy with the outcomes," Stacey said.