Pope Francis is alert after undergoing surgery. The Pope was reported to have undergone a three-hour surgery. This surgery was to remove intestinal scar tissue and repair a hernia in his abdominal wall, these were problems that occurred as a result of his previous surgeries.

Pope Francis is Alert After Undergoing Surgery
Pope Francis is Alert After Undergoing Surgery

Pope Francis is Alert and Joking After Undergoing Surgery

‘The night went well,’ said Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni in an early Thursday statement, adding that more information would be released later.

Dr. Sergio Alfieri, director of abdominal and endocrine sciences at Rome’s Gemelli hospital, said the operation on Wednesday went well and that no complications or other pathologies were discovered.

Pope Francis had requested the surgery after complaining about increasing bouts of pain and intestinal blockages. Following his general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis was admitted to Gemelli for checks and went through the procedure a short time later.

Pope’s Previous Abdominal Surgeries Resulted to the Scar – Alfieri

They likely scheduled the surgery now so that Pope Francis has enough time to recover before his planned trips to Portugal for World Youth Day from August 2 to 6, and Mongolia from August 31 to September 4.

During the surgery, doctors removed internal scarring on Francis’ intestine that had caused a partial blockage. Alfieri also revealed that Pope Francis had previous abdominal surgeries in Argentina before 2013, which had also resulted in scarring.

To fix the hernia that formed over a previous scar, doctors placed a prosthetic mesh in POpe Francis’ abdominal wall, according to Alfieri. He added that Pope Francis doesn’t have any other health issues. The removed tissue was not cancerous, and he should be fine after recovering.

They did not find the feared protrusion, which is when the intestine bulges through the hernia tear.

Dr. Walter Longo, chief of colon and rectal surgery at Yale University School of Medicine, who was not involved in the surgery but reviewed the Vatican statement, stated, “It seems that they operated on him promptly and without any harm to his intestine.”

Pope Will Continue to Lead the Vatican Even While Unconscious

According to canon law, The Pope continued to have authority over the Vatican and the Catholic Church, even while unconscious and in the hospital.

Francis spent 10 days at Gemelli in July 2021 to have 33 centimeters (13 inches) of his large intestine removed. Francis told The Associated Press in January that the diverticulosis, or bulges in his intestinal wall, that prompted surgery had returned.

Pope Francis lamented after the surgery that he had not responded well to the general anesthetic. This reaction explains, in part, his refusal to have surgery to repair strained knee ligaments that have forced him to use a wheelchair and walker for over a year.

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