AceShowbiz - All members of the British royal family may breathe a sigh of relief as the hip surgery that Queen Elizabeth II's consort Prince Philip had went successfully. It was also revealed that the 96-year-old duke is now recovering well following the surgery.
The palace issued a statement that read, "The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation. He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage. He is comfortable and in good spirits." After being equipped with a new hip, the duke still needs to be in King Edward VII Hospital for several more days to make sure that he is recovering well.
Prince Philip previously went under the knife for a hip replacement operation. His health problem caused him to miss previous public events, including Easter service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor on Sunday, April 1.
When the surgery took place on Wednesday, April 4, an orthopedic surgeon and council member of the Royal College of Surgeons named Scarlett McNally said, "At this stage we do not know what type of hip operation the Duke of Edinburgh is due to undergo. All operations may have complications and some patients are at greater risk." She added, "A person's fitness is more important than their chronological age. Surgeons will always take account of these risks in helping patients decide whether they wish to proceed with surgery."
As reported by The Express, Scarlett continued talking about the benefits of the surgery. She said, "Hip surgery is very effective at relieving pain and improving mobility, including in older patients." Revealing that some professionals were involved in the surgery, she said, "A whole team is involved including anesthetists and physiotherapists. Performing it on higher risk patients still provides great benefit for the majority."
"The Duke of Edinburgh has an issue with his hip which is affecting his mobility," a courtier said of the duke's health problem. The courtier added, "There's no cause for alarm but frankly he's a proud man and doesn't want to appear crocked in public." Knowing that the duke is in good condition after the surgery, the courtier said, "He's not called the Iron Duke for nothing."