Pope Francis “reacted well” to planned intestinal surgery Sunday evening at a Rome
hospital, the Vatican said, without giving much detail about the pontiff’s condition.
In a statement late Sunday, a Holy See spokesman, Matteo Bruni, said the 84-year-old
Francis had general anesthesia during the surgery necessitated by stenosis, or
narrowing, of the sigmoid portion of the large intestine.
The written statement, which came shortly before midnight, was notable for its
scarcity of medical detail.
Bruni didn’t say how long surgery lasted. Nor did he indicate if the pope had regained
consciousness after the anesthesia or how long Francis was expected to stay in
Rome’s Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic.
Francis was expected to convalesce for a few days in a special 10th-floor suite
reserved for popes.
“The Holy Father, admitted in the afternoon to A. Gemelli Polyclinic, underwent in
the evening planned surgery for a diverticular stenosis of the sigmoid” portion of the
colon, Bruni said in the brief written statement. “The Holy Father reacted well to the
surgery conducted under general anesthesia,” the spokesman said, noting there was a
four-person surgical team, plus a four-person anesthesiologist team.