Pope Francis is recovering in hospital and in “good general condition” a day after undergoing surgery for an inflamed large colon, the Vatican said on Monday.
He underwent a left-hemicolectomy operation that involves removing the left side of the colon and joining the remaining sections.
He is expected to remain in the hospital, bed-bound for seven days, “if no complications arise,” the Vatican added.
A Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni in a statement said the pope, 84, was “alert and breathing on his own,” at the Gemelli Polyclinic, a university hospital in Rome, noting that the operation had lasted three hours.
The Vatican said on Sunday that the procedure had been scheduled, but it had made no prior announcement of the visit, and the pope’s admission had come as a surprise.
Pope Francis suffers from diverticulitis, a condition that can infect or inflame the colon.
The surgery is the first relatively serious health crisis for the pope since becoming pope in 2013.
Updates on Pope Francis’ condition are expected to be issued twice a day by the Vatican.