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UPDATE: McCaffery heading back to Dayton following son's surgery

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Iowa head men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery says his son Patrick's thyroid surgery went as planned Wednesday morning and is headed back to Dayton, Ohio for Iowa's NCAA tournament game against Tennessee.

“Today’s surgery for my son Patrick went as planned. Doctors will continue tests in the coming days to determine further treatment. Patrick was in good spirits after the operation. Our family would like to thank the surgeons who performed the operation and the doctors and nurses at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics who have helped treat Patrick during this process. The outpouring of support and encouragement Patrick and our family have received this past week has been overwhelming; words cannot express how genuinely thankful we are to everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers,” McCaffery said in a written statement.

The Hawkeyes are scheduled to tip-off against the Tennessee Volunteers at 8:10 p.m. Central Time from Dayton, Ohio.

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The Iowa Hawkeye men's basketball team goes up against Tennessee Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio to compete in the NCAA Tournament, but there's another battle off the court.

According to University of Iowa athletic officials, Head Coach Fran McCaffery is in Iowa City Wednesday morning for his son's surgery. The 13-year-old undergoes thyroid surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as doctors recently found a tumor on his thyroid.

Doctors say cases like this happen to a fair percentage of men and women of all ages. Reasons for thyroid surgery, or to have the gland removed altogether, can include nodules found on the thyroid, or simply discomfort.

Doctors say families need to be patient: "Remind them to take one step at a time, because depending on the disease process, surgery is not the only treatment. Sometimes people need additional treatment and additional follow-up visits," said Dr. Geeta Lal with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Dr. Lal said the surgery usually requires an overnight hospital stay, and restrictions on what the patient can eat and drink.

University of Iowa officials said Coach McCaffery will fly back to Dayton after his son's surgery for Wednesday night's game.
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