American First Lady, Melania Trump, underwent a procedure to treat a benign kidney condition Monday morning, the most serious medical procedure undergone by a serving First Lady since 1987.
Quoting the White House, many American news outlets reported that the procedure, which took place at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, “was successful and there were no complications.”
“The First Lady had a procedure called embolization done at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre.
“Embolization is considered a minimally invasive surgery, and involves cutting off blood flow to a particular part of the body.
“It’s typically used to shrink a tumor or block an aneurysm … although the White House isn’t saying why Melania needed the procedure.
“They simply referred to it as ‘a benign kidney condition,’” the reports said.
The mother-of-one is recovering in the hospital.
Melania, a former model, will likely remain at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre outside of Washington for the rest of the week, according to the White House.
“The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere,” according to the statement.
The procedure comes a week after Trump launched her official platform, dubbed “Be Best” — an awareness campaign focused on children’s well-being, social media use and opioid abuse.
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta said Monday that while it was “unclear exactly what [Trump] had done, an embolization procedure is typically done for cancer — although it’s very clear in this statement that this was a benign condition.”
“That’s how they’ve framed it,” Gupta said of the statement from Trump’s communications director. “So it doesn’t sound like it’s any type of cancer.”
“Sometimes thyroids, or cysts, or something like that can be treated as well,” Gupta said.