Pope Francis is within the hospital for his second belly surgical procedure in two years

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis was taken to a Rome hospital on Wednesday for one more belly operation underneath common anesthesia, this time to restore a hernia probably attributable to scarring from a 2021 operation.

Francis, 86, confirmed no signal he was about to be admitted to hospital for a deliberate surgical procedure throughout his public viewers in St Peter’s Sq., the place he was in good spirits, stopping to kiss the kids and stopping to talk with the newlyweds.

Shortly thereafter, he left the Vatican in a easy white Fiat 500 L for the Catholic-run Gemelli Hospital a brief drive away that has a tenth-floor ward reserved for popes.

The surgical procedure, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, will make Francis’ third hospital keep for the reason that Argentine was chosen by cardinals as Latin America’s first pope in 2013 and is the most recent in a collection of well being issues in recent times.

A press release, unusually detailed by Vatican requirements, stated he was anticipated to remain “for numerous days” to permit for “regular development after the operation and full restoration of his capabilities”.

She stated the operation was wanted to restore a ventral hernia, a hernia that typically types over a scar normally attributable to a earlier surgical procedure. It’s extra widespread within the aged and may also be on account of weight problems or weak belly wall muscle tissues.

The pope’s medical staff determined in latest days that surgical procedure was wanted as a result of the situation causes a painful blockage within the intestines. Francis is thought to worry the unfavourable results of common anesthesia, that are additionally extra widespread within the aged.

The assertion stated that the Pope will bear belly surgical procedure, and a prosthesis can be used to rebuild the belly wall.

In July 2021, a part of his colon was eliminated in an operation meant to deal with a painful bowel situation referred to as diverticulitis. He stated earlier this 12 months that the situation had returned and affected his weight.

Francis spent about 40 minutes in the identical Romanian hospital on Tuesday for what the Vatican described as a “medical examination,” with out revealing then that it was actually a pre-operative go to.

Francis was handled for 5 days in the identical hospital on the finish of March for a lung an infection and final month skipped plenty for a day on account of a fever.

Pope typically makes use of a wheelchair or strolling stick on account of persistent knee ache. Final 12 months, he didn’t wish to have surgical procedure on his knee as a result of common anesthesia for colon surgical procedure had dangerous unwanted effects.

Regardless of his well being points, Francis maintains a busy schedule. On Saturday, the Vatican introduced his plans to go to Mongolia from August 31 to September 4, one of the crucial distant locations he has traveled to.

Earlier than that, he’s scheduled to go to Portugal from August 2 to six to attend World Youth Day in Lisbon and go to the Fatima Shrine. On Tuesday, the Vatican launched the official timetable for the flight, hinting at its affirmation.

Further reporting by Keith Ware, Federico Macchione and Crispian Palmer; Modifying by William McClain

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