Pope doing well after intestinal surgery, Vatican says

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Pope Francis is doing well following intestinal surgical procedure, the Vatican mentioned on Sunday after the 84-year-old pontiff was hospitalised for the primary time since his election in 2013.

Spokesman Matteo Bruni mentioned in a press release that the pontiff “responded well” to the surgical procedure, which was accomplished beneath basic anaesthesia and which the Vatican had mentioned earlier had been scheduled and never prompted by an emergency.

He gave no additional particulars in regards to the surgical procedure or how lengthy it lasted and didn’t say how lengthy the pope would stay in Rome’s Gemelli hospital.

The pope entered the hospital early on Sunday afternoon and the assertion was issued simply earlier than midnight Rome time.

Francis underwent surgical procedure for symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon, a situation the place sac-like pouches protrude from the muscular layer of the colon, main it to turn into slender. The operation was carried out by a 10-person medical staff.

In addition to inflicting ache, the situation can result in bloating, irritation, and problem in bowel motion. It tends to have an effect on older individuals extra.

The pope seemed to be in effective well being a number of hours earlier when he addressed 1000’s of individuals in St Peter’s Square for his Sunday blessing and introduced a visit to Slovakia and Budapest for September.

The sprawling Catholic-run Gemelli hospital and medical college within the northern a part of Rome historically treats popes and part of its tenth ground is completely reserved for them.

As he does yearly in July, Francis already had suspended all of his basic and personal audiences for the month. The surgical procedure seemed to be timed to coincide with a interval wherein he has just one public dedication – his Sunday blessing in St Peter’s Square.

Unlike his predecessors, he stays within the Vatican and has by no means used the sprawling papal summer season property within the Alban Hills south of Rome.

Francis is usually wanting breath as a result of part of one in all his lungs was eliminated following an sickness when he was a younger man in his native Argentina.

He additionally suffers from sciatica, which causes ache that radiates from the decrease again alongside the sciatic nerve to the legs.

The situation, for which he receives common physiotherapy, pressured him to overlook a number of occasions in the beginning of this 12 months and has led him on events to stroll with problem.

Last 12 months, a nasty chilly saved him from collaborating in a week-long Lenten retreat with senior aides south of Rome.

In 2014, a 12 months after he was elected pope, Francis was pressured to cancel a number of engagements due to what was believed to be a abdomen ailment.

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