Updated: Pope Francis ‘Well’ After Surgery on Colon for Diverticulitis| National Catholic Register

Pope Francis has “reacted well” to a surgery he underwent at a Rome hospital Sunday  to relieve stricture of the colon caused by diverticulitis, the Holy See  Press Office stated. A statement from the Holy See Press Office director, Matteo Bruni,  sent at 11:42pm Rome time, said the evening operation was carried out  under general anesthesia. An earlier Vatican statement had said the Pope was taken to Rome’s  Gemelli Hospital in the afternoon of July 4 for the scheduled operation, which was to be performed by Dr. Sergio Alfieri. Three other surgeons  assisted, and three physicians administered the anesthetic.Two other doctors, including the Pope’s personal physician, were also present in the surgical suite. No information was given about how long  Pope Francis will be in recovery. 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.

Updated: Pope Francis ‘Well’ After Surgery on Colon for Diverticulitis| National Catholic Register

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