The Holy Father says anesthesia last July was difficult, and he wants to stay out of the operating room.
Pope Francis does not want another surgery, he told the bishops of Italy on May 23 during their plenary assembly. The Holy Father spoke with the bishops for some two hours, touching on a variety of topics, including his health.
The Pope said that the general anesthesia for his colon surgery last July 4 had brought disagreeable side-effects, and therefore he doesn’t want an operation for his knee. The Holy Father ended up staying in the hospital 10 days on that occasion last summer, when the Vatican originally announced a seven-day hospital recovery.
Now, the Pope said, he’s hoping that injections and physical therapy will relieve his knee pain enough to work, and keep him out of the operating room.
The Holy Father has been in a wheelchair for most public activities since May 5, but at times, he’s been using a tripod cane, such as in this event tweeted by Caritas on May 15.