Pope could be hospitalised for a week

Pope Francis responded well to scheduled colon surgery, the Vatican said in a brief statement late Sunday night, eight hours after announcing the pontiff was admitted to a Roman hospital for the procedure.

The operation — to address a stenosis, or potential narrowing, of his large intestine — was performed at Gemelli hospital by Sergio Alfieri, a specialist in the colon, rectum and stomach.

The operation lasted about three hours, it included a hemicolectomy.

Barring complications, Francis is expected to be in hospital for a week.


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