Francis went to the hospital for tests on Tuesday, returned to the Vatican on Wednesday morning and presided over his audience, but then went straight to Jemelli for surgery.
UK Thu 08 Jun 2023 01:17
Pope Francis has successfully surgically repaired a hernia in his abdominal wall.
The Vatican said there were no complications following the three-hour operation, during which the 86-year-old was given general anesthesia.
The pope is expected to remain at Rome’s Gemelli hospital for several days.
Although hernia surgery is rarely performed in emergencies, this surgery seemed urgent and well planned The day after Francis went to the hospital for tests.
His doctors are also believed to be hoping to give him enough time to recover before his hectic travel schedule later this summer.
The Pope suffers from a “painful and deteriorating” hernia from a previous scar, presumably from his colon surgery in 2021.
Francis, who went to the hospital on Tuesday for a previously unannounced test, returned to the Vatican on Wednesday morning and presided over his audience, but then went straight to Jemelli for surgery.
He also had 33 centimeters (13 inches) of his colon removed two years ago due to inflammation and narrowing of the large intestine.
He is also missing part of a lung, which was removed when he was young in Argentina, and often walks with a cane because of knee pain.