Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner at the Radisson Hotel, Nov. 29, 2015 in Manchester, N.H. 
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Bernie Sanders undergoes hernia procedure

Updated

Update: Sanders underwent the the procedure Monday, according to the Associated Press.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will undergo an elective hernia procedure at a Washington, D.C. hospital on Monday, according to a statement from his Senate office.

Sanders, 74, will return to his Senate duties on Tuesday following the outpatient procedure at George Washington University Hospital, according to the release.

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The Vermont senator has positioned himself as the top Democratic challenger to frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who continues to hold a strong lead over Sanders in national polling.

Sanders is not the only 2016 candidate to make a hospital visit recently. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee underwent knee surgery last Wednesday and has returned to the campaign trail.

This article first appeared on NBCNews.com