Pope Francis is still hospitalized at the Gemelli Polyclinic after surgery on his abdomen. The Pontiff After the surgery, now for “the Pope is the time to recover, certainly from the operation but not only, it could also be the time to temporarily detach from the many commitments of his pastoral mission to devote himself to physical well-being which means have attention for medical and non-medical functions, also including a passage on the diet». So to beraking latest news Salute Nicola Ferrara, former president of the Italian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (Sigg) and professor at the Federico II University of Naples. “Surely – he adds – I would advise against any work activity from the room that houses him at the Gemelli Polyclinic”. «Medicine is demonstrating to us, thanks to a scientific literature that comforts us – continues Ferrara – that even major interventions, such as heart surgery or abdominal surgery, can also be indicated in subjects of advanced age. It is clear that in these cases a close collaboration between surgeons and clinicians is needed. Today 90-year-olds and even centenarians operate, there is no longer a limit dictated by the identity card ».
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The operation carried out at the Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome comes after other operations, the one on the lung at a young age and the procedure for symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon in 2021, while the Pontiff continues to suffer from knee pain, or a pain in the knee that also limits his movements. “Every elderly person, even very old and frail, with a health problem has the right to receive a benefit,” says the geriatrician. «If the Gemelli colleagues deemed the operation necessary, it means that a risk-benefit assessment was carried out but I repeat – observes Ferrara – the evolution of medicine allows us to intervene without problems on patients who are much older than the Pope. Today – concludes a 95-year-old who has a certain number of years of healthy life ahead of him, allowing him to live them in health is feasible”.