Image Melania Trump is looking forward 'to a full recovery'
16 May, 2018, 10:51
Melania Trump, the first lady of the United States, underwent a surgery on May 14, and according to the White House, the procedure was for a benign kidney condition.
Spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said in a statement that Mrs. Trump, 48, underwent an embolization procedure to treat the kidney condition.
"Depending on the circumstance, if this was a known elective procedure, [a patient] could potentially go home the same day", says Dr. David Madoff, interventional radiologist at New York Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medical Center.
"In this procedure, an interventional radiologist uses imaging guidance to insert a catheter into a primary artery and advance it to blood vessel leading to a tumor or other area where the bloody supply needs to be blocked."
But the 48-year-old former model is expected to stay in hospital "for the duration of the week".
Trump said earlier Tuesday that the first lady is "doing really well" and that he expected her back at the White House before the end of the week.
President Donald Trumptweeted late Monday afternoon that he was headed to visit her at the hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, but said nothing when reporters shouted questions as he left the White House.
CNN reported that Trump was the first USA first lady to have a serious medical procedure while in the White House since Nancy Reagan had a mastectomy in October 1987. She and the president have a son together, Barron, 12.
Image Donald Trump is expected to visit his wife in hospital
"The most common side effect is pain", Leef said.
Overall, said Brahmbatt, an embolization is "a fairly low risk procedure" though the biggest risk would be to over-embolize.
Angiomyolipoma is an uncommon condition, still only in very rare cases would something be discovered during the procedure itself where a patient might need "something further done", said Brahmbatt.
Melania received an outpouring of support from politicians and the public, with Paul Ryan writing on Twitter: "So pleased her procedure was successful".
Pence also praised Mrs. Trump, calling her a "remarkable woman" whom the U.S.is "blessed" to have as its first lady.
Last week, Trump gave a speech in the Rose Garden to announce a new campaign that she's calling "Be Best".
The president and first lady spoke before Monday's procedure and he spoke to the doctor immediately following the procedure, a senior administration official told ABC News.
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