King Juan Carlos of Spain successfully underwent surgery for herniated discs in his lower spine at a Madrid hospital on Sunday.
The operation lasted for about three hours and “proved entirely satisfactory”, according to the Royal Household. The procedure was performed by neurosurgeon Manuel de la Torre, who told the reporters it would take between two and six months for the King to fully recover.
His Majesty will likely require remaining in the La Milagrosa Clinic in Madrid for about a week, to recuperative from the procedure.
Upon arrival to the hospital, King Juan Carlos was in upbeat mood. He even lowered the passenger-side car window and said to the gathered journalists “Here I am again”. The King’s family members – Queen Sofia, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Infanta Elena, and Infanta Cristina – were all on hand to support him.
This was the King’s fourth operation in 12 months, and the twelfth time he has undergone surgery during his lifetime.