Melania Trump undergoes kidney surgery at hospital in Washington

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  • Trump ‘underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition’ according to her office
  • The operation happened at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • She ‘looks forward to a full recovery’ according to her office
  • Trump just launched her ‘Be Best’ campaign for children last week 
  • Hospitalized through the week 
  • Most major surgery for a first lady since Nancy Reagan 
  • President Trump remained in the White House during her surgery 
  • The president was expected to visit shortly 

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President Donald Trump prepared to fly to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Monday to visit First Lady Melania Trump hours after she underwent a kidney procedure.

The first lady’s office announced the first lady had undergone the procedure Monday.  President Trump was at the White House Monday when her surgery occurred. 

Marine One landed at the White House Monday afternoon to prepare to take him to the hospital – avoiding a movement that otherwise might have snarled Washington D.C.’s traffic at rush hour.

Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure, likely to remove a cyst from her kidney. Her office said it was benign, or non-cancerous.

 

The procedure should have the first lady in the hospital through the week. Under such a procedure, doctors block a flood vessel in order to stop blood flow to a specific area and stop a patient from bleeding.

‘This morning, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition,’ according to a statement from her communications director, Stephanie Grisham.

First Lady Melania Trump underwent surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in a kidney procedure, her office announced Monday

First Lady Melania Trump underwent surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in a kidney procedure, her office announced Monday

‘The procedure was successful and there were no complications. Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week,’ her communications director Stephanie Grisham said in the statement.

‘The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere,’ she said, in reference to her recently launched campaign.

The first lady is 48 years old.

The statement was released after the surgery was completed. 

A senior administration official told ABC News Trump spoke to his wife before the procedure and talked to her doctor afterward. 

Melania Trump unveiled her campaign to try to help children last week

Melania Trump unveiled her campaign to try to help children last week

First lady Melania Trump (L) arrives in the East Room to deliver remarks during the White House Opioid Summit March 1, 2018 in Washington, DC

First lady Melania Trump (L) arrives in the East Room to deliver remarks during the White House Opioid Summit March 1, 2018 in Washington, DC

First lady Melania Trump and her son Barron Trump look at the Wisconsin-grown Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way the Blue Room for display at the White House in Washington, DC on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

First lady Melania Trump and her son Barron Trump look at the Wisconsin-grown Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way the Blue Room for display at the White House in Washington, DC on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

EXPLAINED: THE KIDNEY EMBOLIZATION SURGERY MELANIA TRUMP UNDERWENT

by Natalie Rahhal, health correspondent  

A kidney embolization is a simple procedure done to intentionally block off a blood vessel in the kidney. 

Typically, a patient is given local anesthesia and the entire procedure is done through an X-ray view. 

The surgeon makes a small incision near the groin, and guides very long, skinny tube, called a catheter, through a blood vessel toward the kidney.

There, an ‘agent’ or chemical  that causes the blood to clot is injected, cutting off the flow of blood to through that particular vessel. 

Kidney embolizations are generally performed when a patient is having kidney bleeding either from trauma, a tumor, or another medical condition. 

An embolization is often used as a first-line treatment for any kind of gastrointestinal bleeding. 

Melania Trump’s operation was reportedly for a ‘benign’ kidney condition. 

The entire procedure takes up to three hours and hospital stays afterwards vary.

Embolizations are minor operations, with relatively low risks of complications or side effects. 

In very rare cases, patients may have a bad reaction to the dye used in the procedure. More commonly, some have discomfort or minor bleeding after an embolization.

Some people develop fever, weakness and nausea, a temporary condition called ‘post-embolization syndrome,’ that usually subsides within a few days.

According to CNN, she is the first first lady to have such a serious operation since Nancy Reagan had a mastectomy in 1987 while her husband was in office.    

Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke about the procedure on CNN as the news first broke. He had been on air already to talk about former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s treatment for pancreatic cancer at Johns Hopkins University on Monday.

‘[It’s] unclear exactly what she had done. An embolization procedure is typically done for cancer, although it’s very clear in this statement that this was a benign condition,’ said Gupta.

‘That’s how they’ve framed it. So it doesn’t sound like it’s any type of cancer,’ he added.

‘Sometimes thyroids, or cysts, or something like that, can be treated as well [through embolization],’ Gupta said.  

The statement from Trump’s office did not describe what exactly was being treated on her kidney, whether a cyst or some kind of non-cancerous tumor. 

The statement did not spell out whether she underwent surgery or merely the procedure, which relies on catheters used to try to stem blood flow. 

A kidney embolization is a simple procedure done to intentionally block off a blood vessel in the kidney. 

The White House offered no updates to the president’s schedule even as the first lady’s office confirmed he would be visiting soon. 

Under an embolization, typically, a patient is given local anesthesia and the entire procedure is done through an X-ray view. 

The surgeon makes a small incision near the groin, and guides very long, skinny tube, called a catheter, through a blood vessel toward the kidney.

There, an ‘agent’ or chemical  that causes the blood to clot is injected, cutting off the flow of blood to through that particular vessel. 

Kidney embolizations are generally performed when a patient is having kidney bleeding either from trauma, a tumor, or another medical condition. 

Melania Trump’s operation was reportedly for a ‘benign’ kidney condition. 

The entire procedure takes up to three hours and hospital stays afterwards vary.


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