Washington (CNN) - Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden returned to the Senate to vote on the START treaty just two days after surgery for prostate cancer.
Wyden had surgery for early stage prostate cancer on Monday at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
A spokeswoman for Wyden says the Senator returned to the Senate because it's an "important vote."
According to his spokeswoman, Wyden's doctor said the surgery couldn't have gone any better, and that it is even good for him to get some short walks in while he's recovering.
His staff was trying to encourage him to stay home and rest this afternoon, but after speaking with Senators Reid and Kerry, Wyden decided that this vote was important enough to make one of those short walks.
Wyden announced the surgery in a statement last week, and said he had scheduled the procedure anticipating the Senate would be in recess when it was performed.
"After my annual physical in late November, I was diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer," Wyden said in the statement. "After reviewing all the options with multiple physicians, I decided to take a proactive approach and have surgery, which will be performed December 20 at Johns Hopkins Hospital by Dr. Alan Partin."
"I scheduled the surgery for the Monday before Christmas anticipating that the Senate would have recessed by that time and that there would be no disruption to my work in Oregon or Washington."
I hope his recovery is complete. Did he vote on START or DADT?
See that GOPers? THAT is what a real American patriot looks like. Youconservatives learning anything from this "lame duck" session yet or do we have to spell it all out for you real slow and simple like?
He wanted to come back to vote, and the worthless republicans wanted to go home because they were putting in 8 hour days.
Good job senator! So the republicants how it's done. Now reepublicants, you may go on your precious vacation. For me and the other "small people" working at the jobs you republicants are trying to send to china and india we will be working on Christmas eve and the week after Christmas too.