HM King Juan Carlos is home resting after a successful back surgery this week. He was discharged yesterday, according to the Washington Post, after doctors successfully repaired herniated discs in his lower spine. On his way out the King told journalists that he was “very well” and that he was experiencing no pain in his back “or anywhere else”. He will now take on a few months of physical rehab during which his public events will probably be scaled back.
The surgery is the most recent in a long line of health problems that have plagued the 75-year-old monarch over the past few years. The King has had both hips replaced and had a benign tumor removed from his lung. He also has endured a knee replacement and needed to have a torn Achilles tendon repaired. The last twelve months have been particularly difficult in the eyes of the public. The King took big hits to his approval rating for an ill-advised elephant hunting trip to Africa and a son-in-law who is up on charges of embezzlement.