He was operated on Wednesday at the Gemelli hospital in Rome, where he already underwent a colon operation, in 2021.
He Pope Francisco86 years old, underwent emergency surgery on Wednesdays and under general anesthesia, in Rome, for a risk of intestinal obstruction, confirmed the Vatican.
A statement from the Holy See Press Office said the operation, which was “decided in the last days by the medical team assisting the Holy Father, it became necessary due to an incisional hernia, pain and worsening,” according to Vatican News.
At the end of the General Audience, the Holy Father Francis went to the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital, where in the early afternoon he underwent a larotomy and plastic surgery of the abdominal wall with a prosthesis under general anesthesia.
This was reported by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, in a statement to journalists.
Details and forecast
abdominal incisional hernia is one of the complications more frequent that pear after an abdominal surgical intervention of any type.
The pope already underwent colon surgery in 2021 at the Gemelli polyclinic. Surgeon Professor Sergio Alfieri, 55, performed the operation with the support of a vast group of specialists.
The same surgeon operated on him this Wednesday.
Hernias are treated surgically with a mesh It reduces recurrence, but does not totally eliminate it.
Hernias can recur despite mesh placement.
Expected a full recovery within 2 to 4 weeks proximately. For several weeks after surgery, you should avoid straining or lifting heavy objects.
The surgical intervention is “necessary” due to the aggravation of the symptoms presented by the Supreme Pontiff, indicated his medical team, and will require “several days” of hospitalization, said the director of the Holy See’s press service, Matteo Bruni.
As Clarin learned, Francisco had been suffering “strong pain”. On Tuesday he was taken to the Gemelli clinic “for controls”. It was around an hour and a half. There the urgent need for an intervention would have been defined.
The pope had already been warned that he should undergo surgery for this same problem, but the pontiff had refused. He had also refused to undergo surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee, which prevents him from walking normally, citing the problems he had with anesthesia when he was operated on. in 2021.
What is an incisional hernia
An incisional hernia or eventration is a bulge through a healthy incision from previous surgery in your abdomen.
An incisional hernia is usually caused by weak tissues and muscles in your abdomen. The bulge is usually caused by a part of your intestine, but it could also be tissue or fat pushing through the weak parts.
Symptoms are pain, nausea, vomiting, and bloating, in addition to the hernia bulge itself.
Urgent hernia medical care is when the patient’s pain it’s intenseInter alia.