HM King Juan Carlos of Spain successfully underwent surgery on this lower spine in Madrid today. The royal palace released a statement confirming that the three hour surgery “proved entirely satisfactory”. The length of the monarch’s stay in the hospital has yet to be determined and will depend on Dr. Manuel de la Torre Gutiérrez’s assessment of his recovery. So far the procedure which was to repair herniated discs is off to a successful start, but full recovery will take between two and six months. A technology called the “neuronavigator” was employed to make the procedure minimally invasive.
It has been a tough year for King Juan Carlos’ health, even causing him to joke “Here I am again,” upon arrival at the medical clinic today. This procedure marks the eleventh surgery for the King since the 1980s. Just in the past three years, he has had both hips and his right knee replaced, a torn Achilles tendon repaired and a benign tumor removed from his lung. If past hospitalizations are any indication, the members of the royal family will continue to visit His Majesty in the coming days.