Pope Francis to Remain Hospitalized After Surgery, Vatican Spokesman Says| National Catholic Register

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is expected to remain in the hospital “for about seven days, barring any complications,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said today. The Holy Father was admitted to Rome’s Gemelli hospital on Sunday afternoon for a scheduled operation on his colon. In a short statement on Monday morning, Bruni said the 84-year-old pontiff “is in a good general condition, alert, and breathing on his own.”  He added that the the “surgery for diverticular stenosis, carried out in the evening of July 4, involved a left hemicolectomy and lasted about three hours.” Stenosis is the medical term for a narrowing of a passage in the body, in this case the intestine, while diverticular is the name given to a disease in which sac-like pouches protrude from the normally smooth walls of the colon.  The ailment is common — about two-thirds of Americans contract it in some form by the age of 85, according to Harvard Medical School. It does not usually cause major problems and can be treated with antibiotics. However, the disease can lead to diverticulitis, or inflammation or infection, causing abdominal pain and feeling bloated. Pope Francis is reported to have “stricture formation” — a rare diverticulitis complication, which can develop from recurrent bouts of the disease. 

Pope Francis to Remain Hospitalized After Surgery, Vatican Spokesman Says| National Catholic Register

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