First Lady Melania Trump underwent an "embolization procedure" Monday to treat a "benign" Kidney condition and is expected to be in the hospital for one week, confirmed a spokesperson for the Trump administration.
The first lady is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., outside Washington, D.C. The procedure was successful and she is said to be in good spirits.
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.
Urologists say the most likely explanation for the procedure is a kind of noncancerous kidney tumor called an angiomyolipoma, which isn't common but tends to occur in middle-aged women.
The first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, says that the embolization procedure that took place on Monday morning was successful and that there were no complications. This is done by placing blocking agents in a blood vessel - think gelfoarm, metallic coils or PVA granules.
Embolization usually is an outpatient procedure or requires just one night in the hospital, he said. It was not clear why Mrs Trump had the operation, but Mike Pence, the vice-president, said it... "Thank you to all of the well-wishers!" he wrote in a tweet.
Melania Trump underwent a medical procedure Monday morning to treat a benign kidney condition.
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. In late April, she hosted her first state dinner in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, and attended the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston. Grisham, who has visited the first lady, later told CBS that the first lady is "doing very well" and is in "good spirits".