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Saudi King recuperates after successful back surgery

Arab World Materials 17 October 2011 23:09
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz on Sunday had a successful back operation at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi officials announced Monday, dpa reported.
Saudi King recuperates after successful back surgery

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz on Sunday had a successful back operation at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi officials announced Monday, dpa reported.

The Saudi Royal Court's statement said the Saudi king underwent a surgery "to retighten the binding connector around the third vertebra in the lower back."

"The operation was successful," the statement noted without providing further details on the procedures performed or the medical team involved.

King Abdullah, believed to be 86 years old, was admitted Sunday to a hospital after complaining of lower back pain.

The Saudi monarch had travelled to New York in November 2010 for two surgeries after he was diagnosed with a blood clot on the spine and a herniated disc.

He then spent time in Morocco to recuperate, before returning to the kingdom in February.

Abdullah became king in 2005. His health problems have raised concerns about who is going to succeed him in ruling the kingdom, the world's biggest oil exporter.

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