A Surgery for Lula da Silva, who will turn 78 in October, began at noon and lasted around four hours, according to the head of the medical team, Roberto Kalil Filho, who said that the operation went normally and that Lula “is already awake and talking, and he’s feeling good.”
The doctor added that the Brazilian President took advantage of the hip operation to simultaneously undergo plastic surgery on the eyelids of both eyes, known as blepharoplasty, which aims to remove excess skin around the eyes and which was also successful.
Kalil Filho said that the presidency did not previously inform about the plastic surgery because it was not fully confirmed that it would be carried out.
Lula da Silva, who assumed his third term as Brazil’s head of state in January, will have to remain hospitalized at least until Monday or Tuesday before being discharged, and then he will have to continue recovery treatment at the Palácio da Silva. Alvorada, the official residence of the presidency in Brasília.
The Brazilian head of state, who since the middle of last year had been complaining of pain throughout the day that made it difficult for him to move around, suffers from osteoarthritis in the head of his right femur, which has caused severe wear and tear on the cartilage that covers the joints.
The Brazilian President was operated on by a team of 20 professionals made up of doctors he trusts, who arrived in Brasília on Thursday, coming from São Paulo, to prepare the operation.
Speaking to the press this week, Lula da Silva said that, after having postponed the operation for several weeks due to several international commitments that he did not want to miss, he decided to undergo the surgery out of a need to “take care” of his health and end with the pain.
Once recovered, Lula will resume his international agenda with a trip scheduled for the beginning of November, when he will participate in the 2023 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP28), which will be held in the United Arab Emirates.
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