General anesthesia – Pope Francis, 86, must undergo urgent surgery
The head of the Catholic Church makes an opening in the abdominal cavity on Wednesday afternoon.
Due to an impending intestinal obstruction, Pope Francis (86) has to undergo an emergency operation.
Two years ago, the Pope removed 33 cm of his intestines because he was suffering from inflammation and contractures.
Now the head of the Catholic Church must undergo another operation on the intestines.
The procedure aims to treat “recurrent, painful and worsening” bowel narrowing.
Pope Francis should Undergoing another bowel surgery. The Vatican announced that the 86-year-old will undergo surgery under general anesthesia on Wednesday. A laparotomy, opening of the abdominal cavity, and an operation on the abdominal wall should be performed to treat “recurrent, painful and worsening” bowel narrowing. Francis will then remain in the hospital for a few days.
The Vatican announced on Wednesday that the operation must take place later in the day and became necessary because the pope’s symptoms worsened after a previous bowel operation in 2021.
Pope suffers from ‘frequent and painful’ symptoms
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said the 86-year-old had a hernia, which was causing him “frequent, painful and worsening” symptoms. In 2021, the Argentine has already undergone surgery under general anesthesia for an intestinal condition – the so-called diverticulitis. Part of the colon has been removed. He spent about ten days in the hospital at that time.
Despite the health concerns, the Vatican released the pope’s August travel plans on Tuesday. Francis is scheduled to travel to World Youth Day in Portugal and later visit Mongolia.
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