United States first lady hospitalized with 'benign' kidney condition

Melania Trump undergoes kidney surgery

Melania Trump undergoes kidney surgery

"There are certain benign tumors that may be treated this way". One reason the hospital may be keeping the first lady for a few days is "the full lesion may not have been completely embolized and sometimes you need it done again".

"The most common side effect is pain", Leef said. The president spoke with Mrs. Trump before the procedure and with her doctor afterward, the first lady's office said.

U.S. media reported that her husband, Donald Trump, is due to visit her in hospital later in the day.

President Donald Trump's third wife and US First Lady - was admitted to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington for what has been described as a "major health concern". It is a non-invasive procedure where a catheter is inserted into the primary artery leading to the non-cancerous mass, which then cuts off the blood flow causing the tumor to shrink.

Hours after the procedure, President Donald Trump departed the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where the first lady is being held just north of Washington. She said the procedure was successful and without complications.

Monday evening, the president posted on Twitter that he was heading over to the military medical facility to see the first lady.


Dr. David G. Warnock, an emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a past president of the kidney foundation, said doctors frequently perform an embolization if a biopsy or other diagnostic procedure causes bleeding. "The fact that she's in the hospital for (the remainder of the) week says to me there's a little more to the story", he said. Specialists said it could be that doctors had been monitoring a mass for a while and chose to act on it now because it had grown.

Sources at the White House said the visit to Walter Reed Medical Centre is expected later on Monday.

The president said that it was a "successful procedure" and that his wife was "in good spirits". "Thank you to all of the well-wishers!"

Her campaign, dubbed "Be Best" will center on children's wellbeing, social media use, and opioid abuse.

Last week, the first lady launched her "Be Best" initiative to help children be their best selves.

Less than a week ago, the 48-year-old staged a rare news conference in the White House Rose Garden to launch an initiative created to help kids across three main areas - wellbeing, social media and opioid abuse, the latter one of the President's key priorities.

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