According to the Vatican, Pope Francis, 86, had a successful first night in the hospital following a three-hour surgery to repair a severe hernia.
In a brief statement, the press office stated that “the night went well” and promised to provide further information later.
The Argentine pontiff was said to have been awake and joking with his medical team Wednesday after the abdominal operation at the Gemelli hospital.
The pope, who underwent colon surgery in 2021, had been suffering from an incisional hernia on the site of a scar from previous surgery, doctor Sergio Alfieri told reporters Wednesday.
He was placed under general anaesthesia and the abdominal wall was repaired with a surgical mesh, Alfieri said.
All papal audiences have been cancelled until June 18 to give the pontiff time to recover.
The Vatican said the pope would stay in hospital “several days”, and Alfieri, who operated on him, would not be more specific.
He said this sort of operation usually requires a stay of between five and seven days, but the pope’s age and illness in March — when he was hospitalised with a respiratory infection — may affect his recovery time.
Francis, who has been the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics for a decade, has suffered increasing health issues over the past year and his hospital stays have sparked concern and fuelled speculation over his future as pontiff.
Francis’ predecessor, Benedict XVI, who died in December, stepped down in 2013 due to failing health.