Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday underwent a minor gastrointestinal operation to have a polyp removed from his colon.
“The small polyp was removed in its entirety,” Bloomberg quoted Dr. Eran Goldin, director of Shaare Zedek Hospital’s gastrointestinal department, as saying. Doctors said the prime minister was in good condition after the procedure.
Netanyahu was incapacitated for about an hour and transferred the reins of the country to Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.
Earlier in the day Israeli media reported that Netanyahu underwent the annual checkup, but made no mention of the operation.
The checkup, carried out once every few years, was required for a yearly public report on the prime minister’s health, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
Netanyahu’s personal doctor said the prime minister has been leading a clean, healthy lifestyle.
On Friday night, Netanyahu checked into the Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera with a sinus infection. There was no major threat to the prime minister’s health, and he was released home after a checkup two hours later.
In August, Netanyahu handed over power to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon while undergoing an operation for an umbilical hernia. Last week he was admitted to a hospital near his private residence in Caesarea after suffering from headaches and sinus congestion.