Pope Francis is getting a hernia-related surgery in Rome

Pope Francis is undergoing hernia-related surgery at A. Gemelli University Hospital in Rome and is expected to remain in the hospital for several days.

The procedure: The Pope will undergo “a laparotomy and abdominal wall surgery under general anesthesia,” according to Vatican News.
* The surgery decision came after Pope Francis complained of abdominal pain and was examined by his medical team and doctors at Gemelli Hospital.

Previous health issues: This surgery comes nearly two years after the Pope had abdominal surgery to remove half of his colon, resulting in a 10-day hospital stay.
* Pope Francis also spent four days in the same hospital earlier this year for respiratory problems stemming from bronchitis.

Upcoming events: The Pope’s latest hospital stay comes about one month before he is scheduled to travel to Portugal for a five-day visit to commemorate World Youth Day.

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