Melania Trump thanks doctors after undergoing kidney surgery

  • Melania Trump has been at Walter Reed Medical Unit in Maryland since Monday
  • On Wednesday, she made her first public statement since undergoing surgery
  • Around the same time, Trump was seen boarding Marine One in Washington 
  • Melania, 48, is expected to be released from hospital by the end of the week  

By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

Published: 16:49 EDT, 16 May 2018 | Updated: 21:58 EDT, 16 May 2018

Melania Trump thanked doctors and all those who had sent well wishes and prayers to her on Wednesday after undergoing kidney surgery in hospital. 

The first lady also said she was feeling 'great' and was eager to get back to the White House.

'A sincere thank you to Walter Reed Medical Unit & to all who have send good wishes & prayers! I am feeling great & look forward to getting back home to the White House soon,' she said.

Within minutes of her tweet, the president was seen boarding Marine One at the White House to make his way to be with her.  

Melania Trump tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that she is feeling better and is looking forward to getting home after undergoing kidney surgery on Monday
Melania Trump tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that she is feeling better and is looking forward to getting home after undergoing kidney surgery on Monday

Melania Trump tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that she is feeling better and is looking forward to getting home after undergoing kidney surgery on Monday

President Trump was seen boarding Marine One on Wednesday afternoon to fly to the first lady's hospital bed 
President Trump was seen boarding Marine One on Wednesday afternoon to fly to the first lady's hospital bed 

President Trump was seen boarding Marine One on Wednesday afternoon to fly to the first lady's hospital bed 

The president took shelter under an umbrella as he made his way to the helicopter on Wednesday afternoon 
The president took shelter under an umbrella as he made his way to the helicopter on Wednesday afternoon 

The president took shelter under an umbrella as he made his way to the helicopter on Wednesday afternoon 

Trump visited his wife on Monday and Tuesday too. 

Melania underwent the surgery on Monday. Her office announced it afterwards. 

Her last public appearance was on May 10 when she accompanied the president to Joint Base Andrews to greet three North Korean detainees on the tarmac after they were released. 

She announced her Be Best campaign against social media bullying a day earlier. 

The first lady is expected to be released from hospital by the end of the week.  

Melania was last seen in the early hours of Thursday morning when she accompanied Trump to greet three North Korean detainees off the plane at Joint Base Andrews
Melania was last seen in the early hours of Thursday morning when she accompanied Trump to greet three North Korean detainees off the plane at Joint Base Andrews

Melania was last seen in the early hours of Thursday morning when she accompanied Trump to greet three North Korean detainees off the plane at Joint Base Andrews

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In addition to the tweet, Melania posted this message of thanks on her Instagram account
In addition to the tweet, Melania posted this message of thanks on her Instagram account

In addition to the tweet, Melania posted this message of thanks on her Instagram account

EXPLAINED: THE KIDNEY EMBOLIZATION SURGERY MELANIA TRUMP UNDERWENT

by Natalie Rahhal, health correspondent, and Mia de Graaf, health editor  

A kidney embolization is a simple procedure done to intentionally block off a blood vessel in the kidney. 

'Embolization is a minimally invasive procedure to stop blood flow to parts of an organ (in this case kidney),' Dr Jamin Brahmbhatt, a urologist at Orlando Health, explains. 

'It can be used to treat malignant and benign lesions.'

WHY IS IT DONE?  

An embolization is often used as a first-line treatment for any kind of gastrointestinal bleeding, but it can also be preventative.  

It can be performed on any organ that has a growth or blood vessel clump.  

There are typically two scenarios for performing a kidney embolization: 

  1. Preventative: to cut off a tumor's blood supply and shrink, or control a cyst it before it can rupture 
  2. Emergency: to stem bleeding of a ruptured cyst on the organ

There are three things on which kidney embolizations are peformed: 

  1. To shrink a cancerous tumor by cutting off the blood supply
  2. To shrink a benign cyst (i.e. a angiomyolipoma) by cutting the blood supply
  3. To fix an arterial vessel malformation (a clump of blood vessels)  
Angiomyolipomas are benign growths. They disproportionately affect women. Eighty percent of them are spontaneous, while 20 percent of them are genetic
Angiomyolipomas are benign growths. They disproportionately affect women. Eighty percent of them are spontaneous, while 20 percent of them are genetic

Angiomyolipomas are benign growths. They disproportionately affect women. Eighty percent of them are spontaneous, while 20 percent of them are genetic

Melania Trump's operation was reportedly for a 'benign' kidney condition. 

Dr Brahmbhatt believes it was like an angiomyolipoma. 

These growths disproportionately affect women (four times more than men), and 80 percent of them are spontaneous (compared to 20 percent which are genetic).

Surgery is only recommended if it grows too big.  

'If they're under four centimeters, we just monitor it,' Dr Brahmbhatt explained. 

'But if it goes over four centimeters, the risk of it rupturing goes up way high, so that's when we suggest treatment.'  

HOW IS IT DONE?

Typically, a patient is given sedation and the entire procedure is done through an X-ray view.

The doctor makes a small incision near the groin, and guides very long, skinny tube, called a catheter, through a blood vessel toward the kidney.

There, an 'agent' or chemical  that causes the blood to clot is injected, cutting off the flow of blood to through that particular vessel.  

The entire procedure takes up to three hours and hospital stays afterwards vary.

HOW IS THE RECOVERY? 

'After embolization patients often have nausea, vomiting, fever, and pain that could last a few days,' Dr Brahmbhatt said. 

'These procedures are fairly low risk but still require close follow-up.'

Embolizations are minor operations, with relatively low risks of complications or side effects. 

In very rare cases, patients may have a bad reaction to the dye used in the procedure. 

More commonly, some have discomfort or minor bleeding after an embolization, and as such they are monitored over night. 

Some people develop fever, weakness and nausea, a temporary condition called 'post-embolization syndrome,' that usually subsides within a few days.

 

 

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