United States first lady Melania Trump undergoes kidney surgery

Melania Trump looks on as in the Oval Office at the White House

The statement says that the procedure went well and that she is recovering at the Bethesda, Maryland-based Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where she'll remain hospitalized for the week.

President Donald Trump tweeted Monday evening he was headed to visit the first lady at Walter Reed, saying she was "in good spirits".

Mrs. Trump is now recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The surgery was an embolization procedure to treat a kidney condition the White House described as "benign."

The objective of an embolization is to cut off blood flow to an area, such as a tumor or abnormal growth, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. White House Director of Communications Stephanie Grisham added that Melania was "doing well".

The White House has cited the first lady's privacy for not offering any additional details on her condition.

They eventually shifted to the White House in June 2017 and the FLOTUS now is being seen working on improving her public profile.

"We can and should be best at educating our children about the importance of a healthy and balanced life", the first lady said during a speech in the Rose Garden last week.

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"The potential problems from these benign tumors if they get big enough - (are) pain, bleeding, blood in the urine", Rogers said. They have a 12-year-old son named Barron.

The "treatment of choice" is to cut off the blood supply to shrink the growth, said Dr. Lambros Stamatakis of MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Mrs. Trump's procedure was reportedly done on a benign mass, meaning it was contained and non-cancerous, and is expected to make a full recovery.

The procedure has come just a week after Melania launched the platform for her "Be Best" campaign, which focuses on the general well-being of children, as well as promoting safety around children's use of social media and helping families affected by opioid addiction.

She also represented the current presidency at the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush where a number of former presidents were also present.

Some patients do not react well to the embolization itself and doctors may be keeping the first lady there as a precaution, he said.

Mrs Trump has, at times, has been noticeably absent from her husband's side.

According to Elizabeth Kavaler, a urologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in NY, the first lady may have a common, benign tumor of the kidney called an angiomyolipoma, or AML.

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