First Lady Melania Trump undergoes major surgery


US First Lady Melania Trump has undergone a "successful" kidney surgery and is now recuperating at a naval hospital in Maryland, her office said.

Mrs Trump, 48, was admitted to the Walter Reed military hospital, in Maryland on the outskirts of Washington, yesterday morning. President Donald Trump visited her later Monday and tweeted that the procedure was "successful".

Two urologists who have no personal knowledge of Mrs. Trump's condition said the most likely explanation for the procedure is a kind of noncancerous kidney tumor called an angiomyolipoma.

"You can get pretty sick after an embolization because there's a lot of inflammation that can go on you can get a fever and you want to make sure there are no complications like abnormal bleeding or infection", he said, though he emphasized that it is normally a very safe procedure.

Trump is the first presidential spouse to undergo a medical procedure of such gravity while in the White House since Nancy Reagan, who had a mastectomy in October 1987. President Donald Trump took a helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit her and tweeted that his wife was in "good spirits".

In embolization, doctors insert a catheter as part of a procedure to purposely block a blood vessel and cut off the blood supply to the affected area.

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"The full lesion may not have been completely embolized and sometimes you need it done again", Brahmbhatt said.

The first lady most recently appeared at the White House to unveil her "Be Best" campaign in a Rose Garden ceremony on Monday last week.

"The potential problems from these benign tumors if they get big enough - (are) pain, bleeding, blood in the urine", Rogers said.

The president had no public appearances scheduled for Monday and declined to answer shouted questions from reporters about how his wife was feeling as he departed the White House for Walter Reed.

"The doctors at Walter Reed are expecting a full recovery".

"This is one of those moments where all partisanship and rancor stops for a moment as we ALL wish First Lady Melania a swift return to good health!"