Pope Francis will be operated on Wednesday at the A. Gemelli University Polyclinic hospital in Rome for a possible intestinal occlusion that for days caused him pain and a marked worsening, according to the Vatican press office this morning. It is the third time in less than a year that the pope has been admitted to hospital for several days for a relatively serious ailment. The Prefecture of the Pontifical Household has canceled Francis' agenda until June 18.
Francis went to the same hospital on Tuesday without warning. According to the Vatican, it was a scheduled control (the Holy See also expressed this the last time it had to be admitted urgently for a respiratory infection). This morning, at the end of the Wednesday general audience, he was transferred back to the hospital. "The Holy Father went to the A. Gemelli University Polyclinic, where in the afternoon he will undergo laparotomic surgery under general anesthesia and reconstruction of the abdominal wall with prosthetics. The operation, agreed in previous days by the medical team assisting the Holy Father, became necessary due to an incarcerated eventration that is causing recurrent, painful and worsening subocclusive syndromes," the statement said.
The intervention is the result of some type of hernia that the Pontiff could suffer because of the poor healing of the last operation, and will require Francis to spend a few days hospitalized. "Hospitalization at the medical institution will last for several days to allow for normal postoperative recovery and full functional recovery," the statement said. The operation has been considered urgent after the results of the CT scanhe underwent on Tuesday.
The Pope underwent surgery in this same center for diverticular stenosis in the colon in July 2021, a surgical intervention that was also previously scheduled. On that occasion he remained hospitalized for 11 days and a part of his colon was removed, an operation for which he required general anesthesia. In a recent interview with the US news agency Associated Press, Francis revealed that he was again suffering from diverticula, the problem for which he had to be operated, but that he was in good health.
Francisco also suffers from a problem in his right knee, which forces him to walk with a cane or a wheelchair, and has assured on several occasions that he does not want to operate, mainly because of the rejection of general anesthesia.
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