Pope Francis will remain in the hospital for about a week. Here is what kind of operation he underwent
Pope francesco was operated on at the Gemelli Polyclinic because of the diverticular stenosis of the colon. His entourage is keeping the faithful constantly informed about the Pontiff’s conditions, also trying to make it clear that this is nothing particularly serious. It’s true? Well let’s say it is a very common disorder among the elderly, but the operation and the convalescence are not very simple. So let’s try to better understand what diverticular stenosis of the colon is and how long it takes to recover for an elderly person like Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who will turn 85 in December this year.
Diverticular stenosis of the colon: what is it? –
The symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon it is a consequence of diverticulitis, ie that disease of the digestive system which consists in the inflammation of one or more diverticula, usually localized in the colon (descending and sigma). THE diverticula they are hollow and sack-like formations covered with mucosa and appear as a glove-finger protrusion. Diverticula can be congenital or acquired and are formed in thelarge intestine. There are different types and usually take the name of the discoverer or the part of the body in which they are found (for example Zenker’s diverticulum, that of the colon, vaginal, epiphrenic and so on). The medical condition of a person presenting with diverticula is called diverticulosis, when inflammation arises we speak of diverticulitis.
When it comes to stenosis, in general, we mean a pathological condition that consists in the narrowing of an orifice, a duct, a vessel or a hollow organ, which hinders or prevents the passage of physiological substances that usually pass through them. In the case of the Pope’s illness it happened that the diverticula, which he already had and which are in any case a benign pathology, caused a narrowing of the lumen and thus prevented the passage of feces. Usually we proceed with medical therapy, but in many cases surgery is necessary, just as happened to Bergoglio.
Pope Francis operated: how was the intervention? –
The operation that Pope Francis underwent for symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon is a very frequent intervention, however rather delicate. According to the data reported by the Sice, Italian Society of Endoscopic Surgery and New Technologies, every year in the United States this disorder causes about 300,000 hospitalizations and 1.5 million days of hospital treatment.
It is the third most common gastrointestinal disease to require hospitalization. It is frequent especially in Western countries and mainly affects subjects Senior citizens, regardless of gender (men and women are equally affected). In particular, the incidence by age is as follows:
- 10% of cases concern people aged under 40;
- 25% of cases concern people in their 60s;
- 50% of cases concern people over 80 (such as Pope Francis).
Diverticulitis occurs between 10 and 25% of cases of diverticulosis and in 25% of cases it recurs despite therapy within the first five years after the first episode. We therefore speak of relapse and occurs between 7 and 42% of cases. After a first hospitalization there is the risk of a further relapse for 3% of cases and among those who return to hospital the relapse occurs, in 50% of cases, already within the first year.
Among the reasons that require urgent surgery due to diverticular disease is thebowel obstruction, which occurs precisely due to colonic stenosis, a narrowing of the intestinal lumen that is induced by inflammation of the diverticula and the surrounding intestinal lumen. The operation consists of cut away and remove the affected part. According to what was declared by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Matteo Bruni, the surgery to which he was subjected Pope francesco last night resulted in a left hemicolectomy and it lasted about three hours.
Convalescence after diverticular stenosis –
According to what the Professor said Giuseppe Pappalardo, Professor of General Surgery at the La Sapienza University of Rome consulted by the press agencies, after the operation for symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon the patient remains in hospital for about ten days, precisely because, despite being a very frequent operation, it is also quite “important”, especially in consideration of the fact that we almost always talk about patients Senior citizens.
The director of the Vatican Press Office Matteo Bruni said that dad, after the operation, he is “in good general condition, alert and spontaneously breathing” and for him there hospitalization expected, barring complications, is seven days.
05 July 2021 (change 05 July 2021 | 12:45)
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