BREAKING NEWS | Saudi King, 84, Has Successful Surgery: State News Agency

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman underwent a successful surgery that removed his gallbladder, the kingdom said Thursday, just days after being admitted to hospital over inflammation of the organ.

Surgeons at Riyadh’s King Faisal Hospital operated on the king, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported, describing the procedure as a laparoscopic surgery – a low-risk procedure that usually involves only small incision and a tiny camera to aid the surgeons’ work.

The gallbladder, a small, pouch – like organ near the liver that sores bile, can easily be removed and is not critical for life. Surgeons often take it out if it begins to bother a patient.

King Salman will remain at the hospital for some time to recover and be observed by doctors, the report said, citing a statement from the Saudi Royal Court.

The king thanked all his well-wishers, the report said.

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