Pope Francis, 86, spent a good night at Rome's Gemelli Hospital a day after his abdominal hernia operation, the Vatican said. "The night went well, more information (will follow) in the late morning," the Holy See's press service said in a brief statement Thursday morning. Jorge Bergoglio was operated on Wednesday afternoon under general anesthesia, for three hours, to resolve painful "adhesions" on his abdominal wall, consequences of his colon operation in April 2021.
A "benign" intervention, according to his surgeon, which will not leave sequelae. Francis "does not suffer from other diseases," Professor Sergio Alfieri assured during a press conference Wednesday evening. He is expected to spend several days on the 10th floor of the Gemelli Polyclinic, known as the "Hospital of the Popes," in the same room used many times by John Paul II. His hearings were cancelled until June 18.
At the end of March, the pope had already returned to the Gemelli hospital for a respiratory infection that required antibiotic treatment for three days. The Argentine pontiff has experienced recurring health problems since his election in 2013 and suffers from chronic knee pain that requires him to use a wheelchair or cane.