Surgeons operating on Pope Francis initially began with a less invasive laparoscopy, but open surgery was required in the end, Italian newspapers reported.
The reports said the 84-year-old pontiff did not require a colostomy following operation for an inflamed large colon, and there was no evidence of a fever afterwards.
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said the head of the Catholic Church “is in good general condition, alert and breathing spontaneously” after the planned operation for what he described as symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon.
The three-hour procedure was conducted under general anaesthetic and Francis underwent a left hemicolectomy, in which the descending colon — the part attached to the rectum — is removed, the Vatican said.
The remaining bit of the colon is then attached directly to the rectum.Bruni said the pope would be in Rome’s Gemelli hospital for seven days “barring complications.”