Pope Francis will stay in hospital for 7 days after half of his colon was removed

A new report on Pope Francis’s health has been issued. The Supreme Pontiff will remain in hospital for at least seven days to be co...

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  • A new report on Pope Francis’s health has been issued.
  • The Supreme Pontiff will remain in hospital for at least seven days to be constantly evaluated.
  • Pope Francis had half of his colon removed during a planned laparoscopic surgery, but later incisions would have been made.

Pope Francis is “in good condition, alert and breathing on his own” a day after going through a three hour operation in which half of his colon was removed, the Vatican said, quoted by the news agency AP.

“Except for complications,” the pontiff is expected to remain hospitalized for about seven days at the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome, an important Catholic hospital in the Italian capital, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said on Monday, according to the aforementioned news agency.

First details after Pope Francis surgery

Pope Francisco
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The brief medical report contained the first details published by the Vatican, more than 12 hours after the operation ended. The procedure was due to a stenosis, or narrowing, of the sigmoid portion of the large intestine, according to the Holy See.

An Italian cardinal had previously told the press that he had been informed that the 84-year-old Pope Francis was doing well after undergoing intestinal surgery on Sunday.

Pope Francis will remain hospitalized in a special suite

Supreme Pontiff will remain hospitalized in a special suite

“Our prayers and our closeness are very great,” Cardinal Enrico Feroci said at the Rome airport, where he was going to catch a flight. He added that that morning he had spoken with another cardinal, Angelo de Donatis, vicar of the diocese of Rome, “and he told me that the pope is well,” according to statements collected by the Italian agency ANSA.

Pope Francis is staying in a special suite on the 10th floor that the hospital keeps available for him, after several stays of Pope John Paul II in the center for various medical problems, AP detailed.

There would have been “complications” during the surgery

There would have been

Without citing sources, the Rome daily Il Messaggero reported that “complications” had occurred during the operation. The newspaper did not specify what had happened, although it said surgeons had to make incisions after initiating the laparoscopic procedure.

Laparoscopy is a surgical technique that allows the surgeon to access the interior of the abdomen without requiring large incisions. Laparoscopy is commonly used in operations like the one the Vatican said Pope Francis would receive, according to experts mentioned by AP.

It is planned to report twice a day on your health

Pope Francisco

In general, patients undergoing laparoscopic operations require shorter stays in the hospital. The Vatican planned to report twice a day on the status of Pope Francis, AP noted.

Good wishes continued to arrive for the pope this Monday. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi conveyed to the pope “his affectionate wishes for a speedy convalescence and speedy recovery,” according to his office, the AP said.

Pope Francis “reacted well”

Pope Francisco
Pope Francis blesses parishioners during the Angelus prayer from his study window facing St. Peter’s Square, Sunday, July 4, 2021, at the Vatican. (AP Photo / Alessandra Tarantino)

Yesterday, Pope Francis “reacted well” to bowel surgery scheduled on Sunday night at a hospital in Rome, the Vatican announced, without giving many details about the pontiff’s state of health, the AP had indicated.

In a late-night statement, Matteo Bruni, a spokesman for the Holy See, said the pope was given general anesthesia during the surgery, which was necessary due to a stenosis, or narrowing, of the sigmoid portion of the large intestine.

Had diverticular stenosis

Pope Francisco
Photo: AP

The statement, issued shortly before midnight, lacked medical details at the time. Bruni did not reveal how long the operation took. Nor had he mentioned whether the pope had already regained consciousness after anesthesia or how long he is expected to remain at the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome, something that was answered in the next report released this Monday.

“The Holy Father, who was admitted to the A. Gemelli Polyclinic in the afternoon, underwent scheduled surgery in the afternoon for a diverticular stenosis of the sigmoid portion” of the colon, Bruni reported in the brief statement.

Eight specialists were in surgery

Eight specialists were in the surgery of the top leader of the Catholic Church

According to AP, Bruni added that “the Holy Father reacted well to the surgery performed under general anesthesia,” and stressed that it was a surgical team of four people and an anesthesia team of four other members.

Among those present in the operating room was the Pope’s official physician, who began seeing Francis this year. The pontiff’s previous doctor caught COVID-19 and passed away at the Gemelli while hospitalized for cancer treatment.

Pope Francis did not mention his surgery in Sunday morning presentation

He hadn't mentioned his surgery

It was a remarkable end to a day that began publicly for Francis when, in his traditional Sunday presentation to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square, he announced that he would visit Hungary and Slovakia in September. The pontiff did not mention his surgery, but shortly after he left for Gemelli, a Catholic hospital.

After being admitted, the Vatican revealed that the pope had been diagnosed with narrowing of the large intestine. The main surgeon was Dr. Sergio Alfieri, director of the clinic’s digestive system surgery department.

He had asked to pray for him

He had asked to pray for him a week before

A week earlier, Francisco took advantage of the same traditional presentation every Sunday to ask those gathered for a special prayer for himself, which may have been an indication of the scheduled surgery.

“I ask you to pray for the pope, pray in a special way,” Francis told the faithful in the square on June 27. “The pope needs your prayers,” he said, and then thanked them and said: “I know they will.”

What is a diverticulum?

Pope Francisco
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AP explained that a diverticulum is an abnormal bag-shaped cavity that is created in the muscle tissue of the intestine. Once diverticula become inflamed – a relatively common situation, especially in older people – part of the intestine can narrow at times, which may require surgery, according to gastroenterologists.

This procedure can be performed under general anesthesia, possibly through a laparoscopic procedure. Sometimes a bowel resection is required, the AP news agency reported.

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