Pope Francis will have surgery on his abdomen at a Roman hospital this afternoon after he complained of stomach pains, the Vatican has revealed, APA reports citing Daily Mail.
The 86-year-old pontiff will be put under general anaesthetic and is expected to stay in the hospital for 'several days' to recover.
The pope's medical team had decided in recent days that the surgery was required to treat a 'recurrent, painful and worsening' constriction of the intestine.
The procedure comes two years after he had 13 inches of his colon removed because of an inflammation and narrowing of the large intestine.
The pope is set to have his latest operation on his abdominal wall today following his weekly audience at the Vatican this morning.
He had gone for a 40-minute check-up at Gemelli hospital - where he is having the surgery - yesterday over concerns about stomach pains.