Pope Francis Is Recovering After A Successful Abdominal Surgery
This week, Pope Francis is recovering from surgery on his stomach in the same hospital room where St. John Paul II was cared for during his entire time as pope.
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This week, Pope Francis is recoveringfrom surgery on his stomach in the same hospital room where St. John Paul II was cared for during his entire time as pope.
Pope Francis is scheduled to stay at Gemelli University Hospital, which is on top of Monte Mario, Rome's highest hill, for several days. All of the pope's planned meetings with the public through June 18 have been canceled by the Vatican.
Francis had a three-hour surgery in a Rome hospital on Wednesday to fix a hernia. Doctors said the surgery went well enough that he shouldn't have any problems traveling or doing other things after he gets better.
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Vatican officials said Thursday morning that Pope Francis's night "went well" after he had surgery on his gut on Wednesday. Officials from the Vatican said Wednesday evening that the surgery was done and that "it took place without complications and lasted three hours."
Matteo Bruni, who is in charge of The Holy See's press office, said in a statement Thursday afternoon that the pope "spent a quiet night managing to rest for many hours."
Pope Francis was in good general condition, alert and breathing on his own. Routine follow-up examinations are good.- Matteo Bruni
The pontiff's doctors said Thursday that he was in good overall health, awake, and breathing on his own after surgery to treat a painful stomach hernia. During the surgery, scar tissue was removed and a prosthetic mesh was put in place. The pope is likely to stay in the hospital for a few days while he heals.
The surgery made people worry about the pope's health again. He was recently hospitalized for bronchitis at the end of March, and in 2021, he had a big surgery to remove part of his colon. Because of knee pain and sciatica, he often uses a cane or a wheelchair now.
Sergio Alfieri, who is the head of abdominal and endocrine sciences at Gemelli and who operated on Francis this week and two years ago, told reporters on Wednesday that the pontiff also had abdominal surgeries before he became pope in 2013.
Prof. Giampiero Campanelli, head of day and week surgery at the Galeazzi-Sant'Ambrogio hospital in Milan and editor-in-chief of the medical journal Hernia, says that the first part of recovery should take about a week.
In the past two years, Pope Francis has been to the Gemelli Hospital three times to get care. In March, the 86-year-old pope was hospitalized for four days because he had a lung infection. This year, he has also been dealing with a return of diverticulitis, a painful inflammation of bulges in the large intestine that came back after he had surgery on his colon in July 2021.
Religious leaders from all over the world have sent well-wishes and prayers to Pope Francis while he is in the hospital getting better. The head of the U.S. bishops' Conference, Archbishop Timothy Broglio, asked Catholics to keep praying for the pope's health.
As Pope Francis recovers from surgery, he is strengthened by faith in the healing power of our merciful God. Please keep Pope Francis and all those in the hospital in your prayers today and every day. Jesus always walks with us and is even closer whenever we need healing and comfort.- Archbishop Timothy Broglio
Pope Francis often uses a wheelchair or walker in public. For example, in January, he was in charge of the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who was his predecessor before he retired. On Thursday, Vatican officials said they were going to give more information about what happened on Wednesday.
The Vatican said Thursday morning that Pope Francis is recovering and in good health, a day after his second abdominal surgery in just two years was done "without complications." After his weekly Wednesday audience, the 86-year-old pope was taken to Rome's Gemelli Hospital for the procedure. He was supposed to stay there for at least a few days while he healed.
The pontiff's doctors said Thursday that he was in good overall health, awake, and breathing on his own after surgery to treat a painful stomach hernia. During the surgery, scar tissue was removed and a prosthetic mesh was put in place.