Melania Trump undergoes kidney surgery at Walter Reed medical center

  • Melania Trump undergoes kidney surgery at Walter Reed medical center

Melania Trump undergoes kidney surgery at Walter Reed medical center

First lady Melania Trump underwent kidney surgery Monday morning, according to a statement from her office. "She's watching us right now", Trump said Tuesday as he spoke at an annual tribute to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

The hospitalization comes as Melania Trump, 48, has taken a higher-profile role in the White House in recent weeks.

President Donald Trump was not present at the hospital during his wife's surgery, but did visit her when the prodedure was over.

Kidney embolization procedures are fairly routine and can cause minor complications, such as a fever or pain at the injection site, according to Fox News.

Doctors with knowledge on the kidney condition say the procedure is usually performed to cut the blood supply to a growth to shrink it or make it stop growing.

"When I hear benign kidney condition, most of the time, you're thinking a cyst and a cyst is basically a fluid-filled structure that can sometimes develop on top of the kidney, or within the kidney", Gupta said.

As Pence opened a speech in Washington marking 70 years of Israeli independence, he told the audience that the procedure was not an emergency and that he was pleased to report that it was a "success and Melania is already on the mend".

Melania's husband Donald Trump also announced a statement, taking to his Twitter to give an update on his wife's condition.

"The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere", it said.

The first lady most recently appeared at the White House to unveil her "Be Best" campaign in a Rose Garden ceremony on Monday last week.

According to Elizabeth Kavaler, a urologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in NY, the first lady may have a common, benign tumor of the kidney called an angiomyolipoma, or AML.

The Trumps and their marriage have been under scrutiny in recent months after revelations that a porn actress was paid 130,000 USA dollars in hush money to keep quiet about claims she had sex with Mr Trump in 2006.

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter wife of the 39th President of the US Jimmy Carter underwent a treatment of benign breast lump in 1977. The tumor was benign. Trump has acknowledged reimbursing his lawyer for the payment to Stormy Daniels but denies her allegations.

Separately, a former Playboy model has revived her allegations of a 10-month affair with Trump in 2006. Trump also denies the allegations from Karen McDougal.

Trump was initially hesitant to shift base from NY to Washington DC since it would mean midyear changing of school of Barron, her son with US President Donald Trump.