Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Camilla 'recovering well' after surgery

THE Prince of Wales visited the Duchess of Cornwall yesterday as she recuperated from her hysterectomy, Clarence House said.
Charles went into King Edward VII Hospital in central London by a side door, out of sight of waiting reporters. He stayed for about half an hour.Camilla was said to be "recovering well" after the operation.The Duchess is expected to remain in hospital for the rest of the week following the operation, which was performed by Michael Dooley and Marcus Setchell.Mr Dooley is the Duchess's gynaecologist and Mr Setchell the royal gynaecologist.Camilla, 59, arrived at the private hospital in a chauffeur-driven car just before 11pm on Sunday.Once she is discharged from hospital, she will rest for a further six weeks, with planned engagements postponed.Clarence House described the operation – the removal of the womb – as routine and said it was not cancer-related, but refused to discuss Camilla's condition further.A hysterectomy can be performed for several medical conditions including fibroids ("lumps" in the uterus), cancer and endometriosis, when small pieces of the womb lining stick to other parts of the body, such as the bladder.
Fibroids or irregular bleedings can occur in women taking hormone replacement therapy.Other reasons can include painful pelvic inflammatory disease,or prolapse where the uterus or part of the vaginal wall drops down.More than 40,000 hysterectomies are carried out in the UK each year and one in five British women will have one before the age of 60.
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