Netanyahu returns to work after bladder stone ‘crushed’
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Netanyahu returns to work after bladder stone ‘crushed’

PM back on his feet after minor operation carried out under general anesthetic at Jerusalem hospital

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the Jerusalem Day celebration at the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, on May 24, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the Jerusalem Day celebration at the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, on May 24, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to work on Friday following a minor medical procedure carried out under sedation.

The Prime Minister’s Office said that Netanyahu had successfully undergone the procedure under anesthesia “to crush a stone in the bladder.”

The procedure was performed at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem by the Director of the Department of Urology Professor Ofer Gofrit and Dr. Mordechai Duvdevani.

Professor Reuven Pizov, Director of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, and Dr. Yuval Meroz, senior anesthesiologist, also participated in the procedure.

Netanyahu was accompanied by his personal physician, Dr. Tzvi Berkovich, his office said.

While he was undergoing the operation, Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) served as acting PM.

The procedure came after a series of intense days for the prime minister in which he hosted US President Donald Trump on Monday and Tuesday, and gave several speeches Wednesday as Israel marked the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem following the 1967 Six Day War.

In December 2015, Netanyahu underwent an exploratory colonoscopy, also under sedation, leaving then-defense minister Moshe Ya’alon in charge.

The tests revealed a number of polyps, which were successfully removed, his office said at the time.

In 2013, the prime minister also underwent an emergency hernia operation, and a similar colonoscopy in 2014 as part of his annual health examination, results of which were released to the public.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is 67 years old. At his previous medical check-up in August 2016, he received a clean bill of health. In the annual medical report for the prime minister, Berkovich reported the premier’s health to be “excellent,” and said that Netanyahu maintains a “healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits.”

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