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ROME (AP) — Pope Francis awoke Thursday after a superb first night time within the hospital following a three-hour operation to take away intestinal scar tissue and restore a hernia in his stomach wall, issues that developed following earlier surgical procedures.

“The night time went properly,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni stated in a press release early Thursday, including additional updates could be launched later.

Dr. Sergio Alfieri, director of stomach and endocrine sciences at Rome’s Gemelli hospital, stated Wednesday’s operation was successful and there were no complications or different pathologies found. Alfieri, who additionally eliminated a part of Francis’ colon in 2021, advised a night press convention that the pope was awake, alert and even joking.

“When will we do the third one?” he quoted Francis as saying.

The pontiff was anticipated to stay within the tenth ground papal suite at Gemelli for a number of days, and all papal audiences have been canceled by way of June 18. The Vatican was anticipated to offer a medical replace later Thursday.

The operation was scheduled after Francis had complained about growing bouts of ache and intestinal blockages. After going to Gemelli on Tuesday for checks, Francis was admitted Wednesday following his normal viewers and underwent the process a short while later.

The surgical procedure was doubtless scheduled now to offer Francis loads of time to get well earlier than embarking on deliberate journey later this summer season: an Aug. 2-6 journey to Portugal for World Youth Day, and an Aug. 31-Sept. 4 trip to Mongolia.

In the course of the operation, medical doctors eliminated adhesions, or inner scarring, on the gut that had precipitated a partial blockage. Alfieri revealed that along with the 2021 colon surgical procedure, Francis had undergone earlier stomach surgical procedures someday earlier than 2013 in his native Argentina, which had additionally precipitated scarring.

To restore the hernia that had shaped over a earlier scar, a prosthetic mesh was positioned within the stomach wall, Alfieri stated. He added that the pope was affected by no different pathologies, that the tissue eliminated was benign and that after he recovers, he needs to be superb.

A feared protrusion, or bulging of the gut by way of the hernia tear, was apparently not discovered.

“It seems they operated on him in a well timed trend with no compromise to his gut,” stated Dr. Walter Longo, chief of colon and rectal surgical procedure at Yale College College of Drugs, who didn’t take part within the surgical procedure and commented after consulting the Vatican assertion on the process.

Francis remained in charge of the Vatican and the 1.3-billion sturdy Catholic Church, even whereas unconscious and within the hospital, in keeping with canon regulation.

In July 2021, Francis spent 10 days at Gemelli to take away 33 centimeters (13 inches) of his massive gut. In an interview with The Associated Press in January, Francis stated the diverticulosis, or bulges in his intestinal wall, that prompted that surgical procedure had returned.

After that surgical procedure, Francis lamented that he hadn’t responded properly to the overall anesthetic. That response partly defined his refusal to have surgical procedure to restore strained knee ligaments which have compelled him to make use of a wheelchair and walker for over a 12 months.

Nevertheless, Alfieri stated Francis had no clinically hostile reactions to the anesthesia in 2021 or Wednesday.

“Clearly nobody likes to be operated on and put to sleep as a result of the second we’re put below, we lose consciousness,” he stated. “However there was no physiological drawback two years in the past or at this time.”

Dr. Manish Chand, a professor of surgical procedure at College School London who makes a speciality of colorectal surgical procedure, stated the best problem going ahead might be ache administration and ensuring the wound heals correctly.

“Within the first six weeks after any such surgical procedure, you’re liable to getting a recurrence once more,” he stated. To keep away from that, sufferers are suggested to not do something strenuous.

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