Pope Francis to Undergo Abdominal Surgery at 86: What We Know About His Health Issues

The 86-year-old Pope Francis is scheduled to undergo abdominal surgery in Rome’s Gemelli hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Vatican, he will need to remain hospitalized for "a few days" in order to recuperate from his hernia surgery.

According to Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni, the hernia is resulting in recurring, agonizing, and deteriorating symptoms.

The individual who is 86 years old has been dealing with various health problems lately. They require a cane and wheelchair to move around because of a long-standing knee condition.

The Vatican announced that the pope’s medical team recommended surgery after evaluating his condition in the past few days.

According to Mr. Bruni, in the early afternoon, the individual will have a laparotomy and abdominal wall surgery while under general anesthesia.

He said that the patient will need to stay at the healthcare facility for a few days in order to recover from the surgery and regain full functionality.

On Wednesday, Pope Francis conducted his routine weekly audience without any mention of his upcoming surgery.

The Pope had a planned medical examination at a hospital in Rome, which took place a day prior. This came several months after he was hospitalized due to bronchitis.

In March, he was admitted to the hospital for three days to cure a respiratory illness. This happened during the same month when he celebrated his pontificate’s 10th anniversary.

Last year, Pope Francis was hospitalized for ten days due to a painful bowel condition. He underwent surgery to remove a part of his colon as a treatment. Unfortunately, he has now disclosed that the same problem has resurfaced.

He cancelled his Friday meetings last month because he was suffering from a fever.

Although Benedict XVI resigned from his position in 2013, the current Pope has expressed that he has no intention of leaving his role.

According to reports, he told one of his assistants last year that the Church is not run with physical force but with intelligence and rational thinking.

Throughout his ten-year leadership of the Catholic Church, the Pope was perceived as being in good overall health.

Despite having a hectic timetable, he plans to visit Portugal and Mongolia starting in August.

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