Dalai Lama Undergoes Gall Bladder Surgery

by Gopalan on Oct 11 2008 12:15 PM

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has undergone a gall bladder surgery in the Indian capital of New Delhi. He is said to be progressing well.

Hundreds of small pebble-like stones were removed from the gall bladder at a leading private hospital. These stones were giving the Buddhist leader sleepless nights over the past few days.

A team of surgeons from Sir Gangaram Hospital in New Delhi, led by Dr P K Chaubey, removed the stones through laparoscopy.

Dalai Lama can resume normal activity in a week’s time, Times of India reported.

“All the stones have been successfully removed. The Dalai Lama was feeling acute pain in the abdomen for the past few days because of it,” a surgeon from Sir Gangaram Hospital said.

The Dalai Lama’s aide, Chhime R Chhoekyapa, called the surgery a simple, routine procedure. He said: “The bursts of pain have been bothering the Dalai Lama since the end of August. His initial treatment took place in Mumbai where the stones were diagnosed.

However, the surgery to remove them was successfully completed on Friday.” The Mumbai doctors had advised him to cancel a planned trip to Europe and rest, saying he was suffering from exhaustion.