Pope Francis to Undergo Surgery on Colon for Diverticulitis| National Catholic Register

Pope Francis is at a Rome hospital Sunday to undergo surgery to relieve stricture of the colon caused by diverticulitis, the Holy See Press Office stated. The statement said the Pope was taken to Rome’s Gemelli Hospital in the afternoon July 4 for the scheduled operation, which will be performed by Dr. Sergio Alfieri. The Vatican said it would make another statement at the conclusion of the surgery. Colonic stricture, also called stenosis, is a condition in which part of the large intestine becomes narrower than usual. It can become dangerous if it is too narrow to let food safely pass through. Diverticulitis, a common condition that involves the formation of small bulges or sacs on the wall of the colon, can cause the stricture.

Pope Francis to Undergo Surgery on Colon for Diverticulitis| National Catholic Register

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