First lady 'in good spirits and resting' following kidney procedure

Trump Gives Update on First Lady's Condition

As far as learning more about the first lady's condition that required the procedure in the first place, CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, said certain benign tumors can be treated with an embolization procedure, but that cysts do not typically get embolized. "She's watching us right now".

US First Lady Melania Trump has undergone a successful kidney surgery and is now recuperating at a naval hospital in Maryland, her office said.

The president has tweeted that he is on his way to visit her, saying she is in "good spirits", adding: "Thank you to all of the well-wishers!"

But Anita McBride, former chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush, tells PEOPLE that beyond sending well wishes, American citizens should respect and understand that Mrs. Trump's health "should be her personal business [because] she's not the president".

The president also praised her doctors for doing a "fantastic job".

She said, however, the first lady would likely remain at Walter Reed for "the duration of the week" to recover.

The outspoken liberal was instantly met with indignant Twitter followers who felt his tweet was inappropriate contemplating the intense nature of Melania's surgical procedure.

The president visited the first lady Monday afternoon after her surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., but didn't engage questions from reporters regarding the status of her condition.

Trump addressed concerned citizens on social media Tuesday morning, thanking people for their "love and support" after announcing earlier this week that the First Lady underwent an "embolization operation" to treat a "benign" condition. Vice President Mike Pence, however, said in a speech Monday night that the procedure was "long-planned".

They're not common but tend to occur in middle-aged women, and if they become large enough, they can cause problematic bleeding, said Dr. Keith Kowalczyk of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Mrs. Trump is 48.

During the procedure, "an interventional radiologist uses imaging guidance to insert a catheter into a primary artery and advance it to blood vessel leading to a tumor or other area where the bloody supply needs to be blocked", Cancer Treatment Centers of America explains on its website.

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