Israeli President Peres undergoes successful hernia operation

Israel Materials 12 May 2012 00:22 (UTC +04:00)

Israeli President Shimon Peres was successfully operated on Friday for a hernia, his office announced, DPA reported.

The hernia was discovered earlier this week when the 88-year-old complained of stomach pains while on an official visit to Canada.

He was treated by his personal physician, Rafi Walden, who is also his son-in-law. The condition was thought not to be serious enough to warrant curtailing the trip.

On his return to Israel, Peres was taken to the Sheba Medical Centre, near Tel Aviv, for routine surgery.

The statement said the president was feeling "well" after the operation, would remain in hospital over the Israeli weekend, and was expected to return to his official residence in Jerusalem on Sunday.